France, U.S. Share Common Objective on Iran, Says Macron

CAEN, France, June 6 (Reuters) – France and the United States share the common objective of preventing Iran obtaining nuclear arms and new international negotiations need to be opened for that goal to be met, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

Accusing Tehran of “championing terrorism” across the Middle East, President Donald Trump said Iran was failing as a nation following tough U.S. sanctions, but that he was ready to talk to the Iranians.

[aesop_image img=”” panorama=”off” credit=” Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS” align=”center” lightbox=”on” captionsrc=”custom” caption=”French President Emmanuel Macron (C/R) and U.S. President Donald Trump (C/L) pose with officials ahead of a lunch meeting at the Prefecture of Caen, Normandy, France June 6, 2019, on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.” captionposition=”center” revealfx=”off” overlay_revealfx=”off”]

Both men were speaking before holding bilateral talks in Caen, western France, after attending a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Trump added that he would make a decision on whether to slap more than $300 billion in tariffs on China after a meeting of leaders of the world’s largest economies at the end of June in Japan, where he will hold talks with China’s president.

(Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Steve Holland ; writing by John Irish; editing by Richard Lough)