French President Emmanuel Macron - REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid
PARIS/NEW YORK - 21 September 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday the Iran nuclear deal was not enough given that Tehran had increased its influence in the region and pressed ahead with ballistic missile tests, The New York Times reported Thursday.
In a press conference on sidelines of of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Macron said he wanted to discuss possible sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile program, open negotiations immediately on what happens after the limitations to the accord begin to be lifted in 2025 and hold a discussion on the role of Iran in the region.
Macron said he had not given up on convincing US President Donald Trump, who has called the deal "the worst ever", to change his mind.
Regarding his desire for involving Iran in a contact group on Syria, Macron noted that Iran's participation will put a framework for its activity in the region wishing to get out from the current context for a better solution.