Skip to Content

Marine Le Pen, still from FR3

Marine Le Pen bashes Trump for pull-out of Iran deal

Marine Le Pen France’s National Front leader, strongly condemned US President Donald Trump for withdrawing from a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran on May 8, calling the US pull-out a threat to global peace.

Published: May 12, 2018, 11:18 am

    Read more

    “By withdrawing from the 5 + 1 agreement, the United States, once again, broke their promise and destabilized – for a second time in less than a month – an already precarious regional balance.”

    Le Pen said President Emmanuel Macron bears some responsibility for his “illusions” that he had the ability to talk US President Trump out of withdrawing from the pivotal 2015 deal with Tehran.

    “He [Macron] finally refused to go to Tehran to defend the national interests [of France] and to listen to the position of the regime. He was only interested in the American-Israeli-Saudi axis.”

    She trashed France’s misguided foreign policy with regard to the United States in a statement released on Friday, because it was “putting French citizens at risk and is depriving the French economy of very lucrative markets”.

    “I resolutely condemn the position of Donald Trump and also that of the French diplomacy which, in its attempts to be even more neo-Conservative than [US national security adviser] John Bolton, has found itself without US patronage and no alternative way to go,” Le Pen said in the statement.

    “France needs real world politics and rid itself of the neo-Conservative ideology, which has led to such destructive consequences [in the Middle and Near East] and finally to start defending the interests of France,” she added.

    According to Le Pen, cooperation with Iran, Russia and Syria against Islamic terrorism is of prime importance to prevent new terrorist attacks on French soil.

    “Secondly, we should establish a post of a defense commissioner [in relations with Iran] and thirdly, we need to work out and implement a mechanism of bank payments that would help us resist the US diktat and protect bilateral exchanges [with Iran], Le Pen explained.

    Similar to the harsh sanctions in 2012 against Iran, the US has an “entire arsenal of means to prevent [foreign companies] from maintaining any trade relations with Tehran. Such diktat is impermissible and can’t be tolerated.” Le Pen noted.

    A number of French enterprises, including Total, Renault, and Sanofi, are based in Iran and could, therefore, be affected by the US measures. A diplomatic source in Brussels told Sputnik News that the United States could use extraterritorial sanctions to target European companies that do business with Iran.

    Le Pen also argued that the American withdrawal weakened Israel’s security. “The Iranian military nuclear program would be relaunched: what would the region and firstly Tel Aviv gain from it? A chain reaction would ensue, notably with the Gulf, which would, in turn, embark on a nuclear arms race with unpredictable effects for all international relations.”

    Le Pen concluded that the American move was basically senseless: “Finally, because it [the US withdrawal] destabilizes the international economy without changing the political system in place.”

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), resulted in a peaceful nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Britain, France and Germany have urged the signatories to the JCPOA to abide by its provisions.

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the remaining participants in the agreement must work to “enable the preservation of this important document for regional stability”. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to continue implementing the terms of the accord.

    Lavrov described the US withdrawal as a violation of a key resolution by the US Security Council. On Thursday, Lavrov called for dialogue between Israel and Iran following Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria that marked a sharp escalation.

    “This is a very disturbing trend. We proceed from the fact that all issues should be solved through dialogue,” Lavrov said at a press conference.

    Chinese businessman Sheng Kuan Li told Al Masdar News that he never worried about sanctions when he decided in 2010 to invest $200 million in a steel mill in Iran. With no operations in the United States, Li was not concerned about being targeted by the US Treasury.

    To be able to continue to purchase Iranian oil while sanctions were in place, China had established the Bank of Kunlun. But the US imposed sanctions on Bank of Kunlun soon after, invoking its domestic laws against the bank, and violating norms governing the sovereign equality of nations.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Werner van der Merwe

      No stupid.Deporting immigrants will solve Frances terrorist problems

    Middle East

    Pentagon admits that Russia is restricting US air sovereignty

    In response to the covert warfare waged by Western and Arab Gulf states for regime change in Syria, Russia has introduced its dreaded S-400 air defense system there. The Russian decision has had global consequences.

    Top US Israel lobby turns against Trump over Syria withdrawal

    WashingtonUS President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has created a serious policy dispute with Israel, with an influential pro-Israel lobby turning against the President for the first time since he took office.

    Will the US really withdraw from Syria?

    WashingtonAmerican troops are preparing to leave northeast Syria, according to President Trump. But will the US really leave Syria?

    Israel boasts most surveillance companies

    An article in an Israeli newspaper has documented how Israeli firms are supplying surveillance technology to countries across the world.

    Murder of Khashoggi: The straw that broke the camels back?

    Three traditional strategic positions in the Middle East have reached tipping points and are likely to change due to the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Istanbul: US relations with Saudi Arabia, Turkey's role in the Middle East and Israel's strategic defenses.

    China to control all Israeli ports by 2021

    Tel AvivTwo Israeli port facilities being upgraded by China may have security ramifications for Israel and its closest ally, the United States.

    Taking money from murderers

    WashingtonSaudi Arabia employs - through consultants - a host of retired American generals, diplomats, intelligence experts that get paid exorbitant amounts of money.

    German analyst: ‘Saudi Arabia the most dedicated sponsor of terror’

    Saudi Arabia has been repeatedly accused of funding terrorism all over the world, including in Syria and Iran. Research by Edward Clifford in his book "Financing Terrorism: Saudi Arabia and Its Foreign Affairs", has shown the extent of Saudi support for terror.

    Russia to equip Syrian Army with S-300 air defence within two weeks

    MoscowThe Syrian army will be equipped with Russia S-300 air-defense missiles within the next two weeks following the downing of a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

    Russia accuses Israel of ‘staged provocation’ after plane is shot down

    A Russian military plane carrying 14 personnel over the Mediterranean has “disappeared from radar” Russia’s defence ministry announced. Israel staged this "provocation" the Russian side said.

    Go to archive