US President Donald Trump has warned Iran not to pursue threats to re-launch its nuclear program when he and the French president Emmanuel Macron fought to find a common basis for saving the 2015 nucleus in Iran.
Meeting Macron in Oval Office after a colorful welcome ceremony in honor of the French leader, Trump raised the nuclear agreement, which his predecessor, former President Barack Obama negotiated, aimed at stopping Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.
Iran has said it will ramp up its nuclear program if the agreement breaks down and a senior Iranian official said Tuesday that Tehran might end a treaty that would stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons whose Trump interrupted Agreement.
"If they restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they have ever had before," said Trump.
Trump called the deal a "terrible agreement" that was "insane" and "ridiculous" because it did not treat ballistic missiles or Iran's activities in conflicts in places like Yemen or Syria.
"We made this terrible agreement, but we must discuss it," he said.
During the agreement, Iran went in to slow down its nuclear ambitions in order to get help from financial sanctions. Tehran says that its nuclear program is only for peaceful means.
Macron came to Washington and hoped to persuade Trump to hold the United States in the Iran Agreement and said that it gave the best chance of limiting Tehran, imperfect, as it may be.  He told Trump that the agreement is part of a "broader picture" of security in the region.
"In Iran, we must contextualize this issue within the challenges of the region. There is the situation in Syria, which is security throughout the region, and I think we share a common goal to avoid escalation and the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the region. So the question is what's the best way, "Macron said.