French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that Tehran’s ballistic missile program must be placed under international surveillance.
France seems to be going along with the Trump administration’s bid to get tougher on Tehran, while preserving the nuclear deal that the US President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap.
With the 2015 deal, aimed at stopping Iran developing nuclear weapons, put in jeopardy by the US president, Britain, France and Germany are working on a plan to pacify him by a 12 May deadline to address Iran’s ballistic missile tests and its regional influence.
Macron said France, one of the signatories to the nuclear deal, wanted to preserve it as nothing better had been offered.
However, he said the use of Iranian-linked missiles in Yemen and Syria needed to be addressed because they were a security problem for French allies.
In January, during President Trump’s first State of The Union Address of 2018, he called on Congress to fix “fundamental flaws” in the landmark nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.
“When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent,” he said. “America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.”
He called on Congress to help pass legislation to fix the 2015 nuclear deal that lifted crippling Western economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Iran’s history as a rogue state:
‘Rogue state’ is a controversial term applied by some international theorists to states they consider threatening to the world’s peace. This means being seen to meet certain criteria, such as being ruled by authoritarian governments that severely restrict human rights, sponsoring terrorism and seeking to proliferate weapons of mass destruction.
Iran has been referred to as such since 9/11, when former President Bush concocted the “Axis of Evil’, compromising of Iran, Iraq and North Korea. And these attitudes have continued into the Trump administration, with President Trump stating that, “New threats were emerging from rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran and Syria and the governments that finance and support them”.
Senior Iranian officials have blamed U.S-allied Saudi Arabia, Iran’s Sunni Muslim regional rival, for instability and attacks in the Middle East, and have criticised President Trump’s comments.