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Macron’s Pitch to Trump on a ‘New’ Iran Deal Surprises EU Allies

  • French leader pushing for a new, expanded nuclear agreement
  • Friendship runs into Trump’s firm opposition to 2015 accord
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Macron fails to win major concessions from Trump. Bloomberg’s Caroline Connan reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing the limits of international diplomacy, as his last-ditch appeal to salvage the Iran nuclear deal wrong-footed European allies and was met with intransigence by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Macron, who has sought to cultivate a personal bond with Trump, made his Iran pitch the centerpiece of his visit to the White House: If the U.S. preserved the existing nuclear accord, that could serve as the cornerstone of a new, expanded deal that would address the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program and destabilizing behavior across the Middle East.