France's Macron says he'll ask Trump to suspend some Iran sanctions

France's Macron says he'll ask Trump to suspend some Iran sanctions
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French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronGerman president expresses 'sorrow' for Holocaust, warns 'spirits of evil' are rising Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Apple reportedly dropped plans to let iPhone users encrypt backups | Justices decline facial recognition case | Critics fear Facebook losing misinformation fight | Truce on French tech tax On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Trump at Davos warns Europe on trade | President boasts about US economy to global elite | Experts say Trump trade victories may yield little growth MORE said Thursday that he will ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE to ease some sanctions against Iran to aid negotiations between the U.S. and Tehran amid ongoing tensions.

“I want to convince Trump that it is in his interest to re-open a negotiation process [and] go back on certain sanctions to give negotiations a chance,” Macron told reporters while traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto, according to Reuters


The French president, who will join Trump in Japan this weekend for the Group of 20 summit, said he would aim to establish parameters for negotiations on issues including Iran’s role in the Middle East and its potential nuclear development.

“We’d give ourselves a few months,” Macron said, according to Reuters.

Trump and Vice President Pence have both expressed willingness to meet with Iranian leaders with no preconditions, although both have said they will not allow the nation to develop nuclear weapons.

Tensions have increased between the two nations for the past few months, with Trump reportedly canceling at the last minute a planned strike in retaliation for Iran shooting down a drone it claimed was in its airspace.

Iran recently announced it would scale back some of its nuclear commitments under the Obama-era nuclear deal, a year after Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the deal altogether.

On Monday, Trump announced additional U.S. sanctions against Iran extending to its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Mnuchin says officials working on new tax cuts | Watchdog charges former execs over Wells Fargo accounts scandal | Study questions Biden, Sanders tax plan claims CRA modernization: A once-in-a-generation opportunity MORE said some of the sanctions had already been in development while others were the result of unspecified “recent activities.”