Hollande Urges Trump to Respect Iran Nuclear Deal

Hollande Urges Trump to Respect Iran Nuclear Deal
Hollande Urges Trump to Respect Iran Nuclear Deal

French President Francois Hollande said he has called on US President Donald Trump to respect Iran's historic nuclear deal with major powers. 

This is the first official telephone conversation between the two since Trump took office on Jan. 20, said a statement released by the French presidential office on Saturday, Press TV reported. 

During his election campaign, Trump had threatened to "tear up" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or try to renegotiate its terms if elected president. He has also referred to the nuclear agreement as "the worst deal ever negotiated". 

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China—plus Germany started implementing the JCPOA on January 16, 2016.

Hollande also warned Trump against taking a protectionist approach, which he noted may have a negative economic and political outcome. 

"In an unstable and uncertain world, turning inward would be a deadend," he said.

The French president reaffirmed France's commitment to the UN and the NATO military alliance, both of which Trump has voiced skepticism over. Hollande stressed that anti-Russia sanctions should only be removed after the conflict in Ukraine is ended.

The United States, the European Union and some other western countries have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia over accusations that Moscow has been involved in the crisis in Ukraine, which has killed nearly 10,000 people to date. The Kremlin strongly rejects the allegations.

On Friday, Trump said he was in the early stages of considering the removal of the anti-Russia sanctions as part of his campaign pledge toward bettering ties with Russia.

In addition, Hollande told Trump that protecting democratic principles required the observance of "the principles on which it is founded, in particular the acceptance of refugees". 

Trump on Friday signed a sweeping executive order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough controls on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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