French President speaks in defense of Iran nuclear deal in UN speech

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SHAFAQNA – French President Emmanuel Macron has taken the podium at the UN to speak in defense of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, warning that a failure to honor the accord will be “irresponsible.”

“This is a good agreement, an agreement that’s essential to peace,” Macron said in his first address to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

He further described the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a “solid, robust agreement,” adding, “To reject it now without proposing anything else would be a grave error, and not respecting it would be irresponsible.”

Macron countered the remarks by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, who once again expressed his hostility towards the JCPOA at the same podium.

“That President Trump thinks that this agreement is not perfect and doesn’t protect enough is an argument that I can hear, but I asked him what was his alternative proposal. I didn’t understand it,” Macron told reporters after his address.

Earlier in the day, European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, also came to the defense of the deal, which she said belongs to the entire world, not just the United States.

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