The Wall Street Journal: Trump talks tough on Iran, pushes for more expansive deal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump leveled dire warnings at Iran and signaled an interest in an unspecified new deal to rein in Tehran, echoing a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron after the two leaders met Tuesday at the White House.

Comments following talks between the two left open the possibility that Trump would withdraw from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement by a self-imposed May 12 deadline, as he has continuously threatened to do. Trump telegraphed that possibility again Tuesday, disparaging the deal as “insane” and “ridiculous,” despite Macron’s attempts to reassure his American counterpart about its value as a safeguard.

Macron said a broader pact would include limits on Iranian actions in Syria and on its ballistic-missile program. But Iran is certain to reject such a proposal, Russia and China are likely to oppose it, and it was unclear whether other European allies would be in favor because they likely don’t want to renegotiate the accord.

Trump and Macron, increasingly affable despite differences over the Iran deal, held meetings in the West Wing to discuss unrest in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation and global trade issues, in what is Trump’s first state visit by a foreign leader.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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