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    French President Not Ruling Out Sanctions Over Iran Ballistic Missile Program

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    While the US president has been hinting at the country's possible withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, his French counterpart has commented on the issue.

    French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that he is not ruling out sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile program he described as "very worrying."

    According to Macron, additional measures need to be included in the historic 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which should not be canceled.

    The statement came just two days after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has stated that all participants of the Iran nuclear deal, including the US, must honor their obligations, adding that "renegotiating is not an option."

    Most recently, the German Foreign Ministry has stated that US foreign policy has become more unpredictable under Donald Trump citing his approach to the Iran nuclear deal, while UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called on the US president to stop "gambling" with Tehran.

    READ MORE: Iran Nuclear Deal: Why EU Unlikely to Follow in Washington's Footsteps

    Trump's decision not to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — has previously prompted criticism from the EU, Tehran and all other members of the P5+1 group, namely Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany, that have confirmed the Islamic Republic's abidance by agreement.

    While US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington aims to fully enforce the agreement as it is and "then begin the process of addressing the flaws," emphasizing that the agreement is in the best interest of the United States, Trump's statements have been hinting at possible US intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, prompting Tehran's harsh criticism.

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