Iran Nuclear Deal Tops Agenda of Trump-Macron Talks next Week

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has a number of options ready at hand for responding to a possible United States withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, including the resumption of the activities it halted under the multilateral accord "at a much greater speed".

Macron's comments come ahead of his visit to Washington, D.C., this week, which will mark the first state visit of the Trump administration.

The trip will mark the first time that Trump has hosted an official state visit since taking office previous year and will include a state dinner Tuesday night at the White House and Macron making a joint address to Congress on Wednesday.

In his Fox News interview, Macron also argued against new tariffs Trump has threatened to impose starting May 1, saying "you don't make trade war with your allies".

While several famous heads of state have visited Mount Vernon Estate in the past, a private presidential dinner is very rare.

In January, Trump said he was extending sanctions relief to Iran for the last time.

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Macron hosted Trump during a Bastille Day parade in Paris past year. Macron and his wife also took Trump and the first lady on a tour of Napoleon's tomb and whisked them up into the Eiffel Tower for dinner overlooking the City of Light. The experience led Trump to order up a military parade for downtown Washington later this year.

Trump demands the elimination of clauses for some of the restrictions the United States places on Iran from the nuclear deal, stronger inspection rules and limitation to Iran's development of long-range missiles. Macron still worries about Trump's desire to remove US troops from Syria.

"Here, in this office, I'm not the one to judge and in certain way, to explain to your people what should be your president", he said.

"Do you ever feel you need to guard against being arrogant?"

Trump announced last month the United States would impose tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium, claiming foreign imports were harming USA national security by undermining the domestic production needed for military readiness. Mrs. Obama's staff anxiously sought clarity on whether Hollande would bring another date.

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