The following is an excerpt from CONOR FINNEGAN | April 24, 2018 | abcnews.go.com |
President Donald Trump threatened Iran with "much bigger problems than they have ever had before" if the country restarts its nuclear program.
The warning comes as the clock ticks down toward Trump's May 12 deadline on whether he will keep U.S. commitments to the nuclear deal and sign waivers for Iran sanctions – or let them snap back into place and possibly destroy the deal.
Trump made the comments in the Oval Office alongside French President Emmanuel Macron who is in town for a three-day state visit. Macron and other European allies are in an all-out effort to persuade Trump to stay in the agreement that he bashed again Tuesday as "a terrible deal."
"It's insane, it's ridiculous, it should've never been made – but we will be talking about it," Trump said, sitting next to Macron.
For his part, Macron tried to downplay the two leaders' differences on the issue: "Iran deal is an important issue. We will discuss that. But we have to take it as a part of a broader picture, which is security in the region."
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