At UN, Trump's tough talk opens door for Macron's diplomacy

Posted September 21, 2017

Citing the fate of a compatriot on St. Martin, whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Irma which recently devastated the Caribbean island, Macron underscored the vital importance of the 2015 Paris Agreement limiting the emission of global warming greenhouse gases, recognising the United States decision to leave it, but adding that "the door will always be open" for the U.S. to return. Returning to the United States for the United Nations General Assembly, the current Head of State also delivered a speech at a well-known concert hall, the Kaufmann Concert Hall. "I continue to talk to the United States with the hope that it comes back into the worldwide fold and clarifies its vision of things".

During his United Nations address earlier on Monday, Trump again bashed the P5+1 (US, Russia, UK, France, China - plus Germany and the European Union) agreement with Tehran, which was signed under the Obama administration, describing it as an "embarrassment to the US".

"If we don't resolve the Syrian problem with Iran around the table, then we will not have an efficient response because Iran today is among the powers that have an influence on the ground", Macron said. The parties to the 2015 nuclear deal were to meet later in the day, providing a venue for a tense first encounter between Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Tillerson. But, in an interview with CBS News, she added: "What I can tell you is that if he does not certify he certainly has grounds to not do that". Trump has repeatedly suggested he could pull the United States from the deal.

Trump had earlier escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge, threatening to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man". According to the information of Paris, she was "on the sly in back of the room". "It is therefore important that a full and effective implementation of the deal, in all its parts and by all parties, continues".

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"I've always thought of that", he said. Several of Trump's advisers, including Tillerson and Haley, have argued that Iran's ballistic missile tests and support for "terrorist" groups around the Middle East breaches the "spirit" of the deal. ( Scientists say meeting this goal is essential to avoid spectacular environmental disaster.) Macron, in the most passionate moment of his speech on Tuesday, vowed that the Paris Agreement would remain intact despite Trump's decision.

He's right, and I believe the same would be true for the United States. The parade cost $12 million, more than half of which came from federal funds.