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Macron warns of risk of ‘escalation’ over Iran nuclear deal

French President Emmanuel Macron is warning of an “escalation” in the Iranian nuclear standoff after Tehran announced plans to boost uranium enrichment capacity to pressure Europeans scrambling to save a landmark deal.

At a press conference with visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the French leader calls on “everyone to stabilize the situation and not give into this escalation which would lead to only one thing: conflict.”

Macron says that while France shares Israel’s concerns regarding Iran’s actions in the region, but that his government stands by the nuclear agreement. He says the international community should seek to curb Iran’s ballistic missile program through a separate deal, and not by re-vamping the existing agreement.

— with AFP

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