France's Macron Expects Trump Will Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal

German official says Macron's Iran plan would add elements to nuclear deal

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands in Paris, France in July 2017.
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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he would expect U.S. President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal based on his past statements while stressing he does not know what Trump will decide on May 12.

"I don't know what the American decision will be but the rational analysis of all President Trump's statements does not lead me to believe that he will do everything to stay in the JCPOA (Iranian nuclear deal)," Macron told a news conference. 

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Proposals presented by French President Emmanuel Macron on Iran's nuclear deal are based on the existing international agreement but would add some new elements, a senior German official said on Thursday.

Speaking before Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump who has said he is not happy with the pact and may pull out of it, the official said:

"The premise of Macron's proposal is that the agreement remains in its existing form and additional elements come on top."

The official added: "In our view this agreement should be maintained."