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 MacronMacron urges EU to condemn Turkish invasion of Syria US should support, but also prod, Ukraine Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill MORE said Thursday that he will ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 MnuchinTop economic adviser warned Trump on reelection chances ahead of China truce: report The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE said some of the sanctions had already been in development while others were the result of unspecified “recent activities.”