Rouhani: Iran Fully Prepared for any US Scenario for JCPOA


A senior Iranian diplomat has implicitly warned that Tehran may walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal, blaming the USA administration over its approach to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA aka nuclear deal). "This really just distracts from the other problems in Iran we are all concerned about: the bad human rights situation in the country, Iran continuing to threaten Israel".

Furthermore, Macron never misses an opportunity to condemn the forces of right-wing nationalism and populism - which brought Trump to power - and did so again last week during a speech to the European Parliament. Macron will also go to the Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony and attend a state dinner in the White House.

The last time a Republican president hosted his French counterpart was November 2007 when President George W Bush welcomed the newly divorced Nicolas Sarkozy.

Despite a hawkish reputation, ex-CIA chief and newly appointed Secretary of State Pompeo signaled at his confirmation hearing that his preference was to touch up the deal rather than walk away from it.

The pairing is an odd one but has produced a close relationship so far. Merkel's difficulties with forming a coalition government has weakened her worldwide standing.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are both scheduled to travel to Washington by the end of the month, with the fate of the Iran deal seen as a key focus of their visits. While Trump's relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel have often been tetchy and he has clashed publicly with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the mercurial U.S. leader has been consistently friendly with France's 40-year-old centrist.

President Trump spent much of his campaign criticizing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, so he is pleased that France's defense spending is close to NATO's 2 percent spending target, which Macron has committed to reaching by 2025.

Besides, diplomats say that France's military role fighting Islamist militants in West Africa and Syria has opened doors in Washington. However, the Foreign Minister continues his threats.

The White House said the setting will serve as a reminder of France's "unique status" as America's first ally.

Macron and Merkel likely will try to assuage Trump's concerns during face-to-face meetings with him next week. The United States is the top destination for French foreign investment.

'This was a preventative blow against any American decision on May 12.

Iran has warned that it will ramp up its nuclear program if the JCPOA collapses, to achieve a more advanced level than before the deal.

None of the E3 states (France, Britain, Germany) want to withdraw from the Iran deal, but Trump needs to decide by May 12 if he will re-impose new sanctions against Iran. He said Washington wanted to address the Iranian ballistic missile programme, the 10-year "sunset" clauses for limits on nuclear activity and the Iranians' "destabilising behaviour in the Middle East", and also toughen inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Iran.

Trump has set a deadline of May 12 to "fix the awful flaws" or he will refuse to extend sanctions relief on Iran.