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 MacronHere are the US allies that have been caught in Trump's crosshairs Trump, Macron hold impromptu lunch to kick off G-7 meeting Brazil's Bolsonaro reverses on Amazon, announces plans to send armed forces to fight wildfires MORE said Thursday that he will ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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 MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE said some of the sanctions had already been in development while others were the result of unspecified “recent activities.”