French President Emmanuel Macron made an effort to try and relieve tensions between Iran and the U.S. while the U.N. meetings were taking place and all the leaders were available.
Macron worked alongside the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to persuade peace talks between the two countries, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declined to speak to the U.S. until sanctions are removed.
The attempt failed, but if it were successful, it would have been the first time since 1979, a U.S. president and Iranian leader would have spoken face to face since the Islamic revolution.
The only interaction is the request of the Iranian leader to remove the sanctions, and President Trump refuses to do so until Iran puts down its nuclear program. In fact, more sanctions are expected.
At the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, and throughout this week, President Trump spoke on how America would continue to put pressure until Iran is no longer a threat to the United States and the world.
Our allies, Britain, France, and Germany, are deeply concerned a major war will break out, and supplies and oil will be cut off due to the lack of budging from either side. Monday, the three countries urged discussions for a new diplomatic framework on a deal for limiting Iranian nuclear activities, regional crises, and missile programs.
Tuesday, Macron met with each of the leaders, President Trump, and President Rouhani separately to try and get them to meet and work something out face to face. Mr. Johnson also met with the two leaders separately in support of a resolution.
Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released information at the president’s press conference on the steps in the right direction for a resolution. He spoke of details for the remainder of the week on continued progress.
President Trump and the administration remained positive on the messages received but was not welcomed by the Iranian leader. Europeans are trying to figure out how they can help with a solution, but unless one or the other backs down, not much can be done.
If Iran backs down, the situation can be resolved, but if President Trump backs down, that spells a major disaster for the entire world. Johnson told Rouhani, “I think I agree with Emmanuel. You need to be on the side of the swimming pool and jump at the same time.” Iran says America did not meet their demands, so no talks.
Macron told reporters their “efforts weren’t wasted and that the conditions are now in place for a quick resumption of dialogue and negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. It’s now for Iran and the U.S. to seize these conditions and to meet together again to re-create some momentum. France is ready to assist.”
European nations want to keep the 2015 nuclear accord and hoping to expand it. The European countries endorse not all of the U.S.’s actions. They are not for more sanctions on Iran as they feel it will just add fuel to the fire.
They want a peaceful resolution, as does the rest of the world. Mike Pompeo is the one who is working on more diplomatic meetings. The European countries support this. The U.S. is concerned with only one thing with the European countries, and that is how firm will they be with Iran.
Pompeo stated the European countries were reluctant in the beginning to blame Iran for the Saudi Arabia attack and the sanctions relief did not make him comfortable. The story changed when France, the U.K., and Germany publicly accused Iran at the beginning of the week.
Iran’s officials were furious when they learned the U.S. had the full support of the European countries after this week. Macron told the U.N. what the focal points should be for negotiations, “Certainty that Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, a solution to the Yemen crisis, a regional security plan that addresses other conflicts, the security of maritime navigation and the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran.”
He continued, “I am not naive at all, and I don’t believe in miracles. I believe that it takes courage to build peace.”
A small glimmer of hope showed through when Rouhani told reporters at the beginning of the week, “Iran could only accept some small amendments to the 2015 accord.”
At this point, it is all about keeping America safe along with the rest of the world. This opened the door for Pompeo to work some magic.