France and other European nations have continued to try and mediate between Tehran and Washington in the wake of last week’s attack on a U.S. drone in the Gulf.
But a French source told
The defense source said France would not hastily join Trump if he were to try and set up an anti-Iran bloc, although he reiterated that they regarded the Americans as ‘good allies.’
President Donald Trump has welcomed talks with Iran, saying he wanted to ‘make Iran great again’ over the weekend
President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Trump on Tuesday, calling the White House’s actions ‘mentally retarded’
Last Thursday Iran claimed they had shot down a US drone transgressing its airspace, the Americans denied this claim
On Monday the UK, Germany and France gave a joint statement calling for ‘de-escalation and dialogue’ and that they had ‘grave concern’ over miscalculation leading to conflict.
They also backed the Obama-era Iran Deal which Trump pulled out of last year as he increased sanctions.
The French did however back US intelligence reports on Monday, saying they did not believe the American drone had violated Iranian airspace.
On the weekend Trump told NBC’s
Tensions between the two countries have escalated in recent weeks after Washington blamed Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers, followed by the downing of a US surveillance drone off Iran’s coast.
Iran denied the tanker attacks but said the drone was in its airspace. Trump later called off a counter-strike, saying it would have killed too many Iranians.
However, on Wednesday Trump issued further warnings to Iran saying war ‘wouldn’t last very long.’
‘I’m not talking boots on the ground … I’m just saying if something would happen, it wouldn’t last very long,’ Trump told Fox Business Network.
On Tuesday, Trump lashed out and threatened Iran with ‘obliteration’ after President Hassan Rouhani said the White House’s actions were ‘mentally retarded.’
‘I’m not talking boots on the ground,’ Trump told Fox Business Wednesday
Trump slapped new sanctions on Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and said Iran’s leadership isn’t ‘smart’
A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian News Agency ISNA on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is also quoted as saying that ‘the most hated figures of such an administration accuse and insult the Iranian nation. Iranian nation will not budge and will not withdraw because of the insults.’
His website further refers to the Trump administration as ‘sinister.’
‘I don’t think their leadership is smart,’ Trump told Fox Business Network today. ‘Iran is going down the tubes,’ he added, citing biting U.S. sanctions as well as unrest in the country and other economic pressures.
Trump claimed he was ‘nice’ to Iran in not ordering strikes after Tehran shot down the drone.