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Two days later, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Saudi Arabia. To start partisan of a "diplomatic response" to this new episode of the growing tension between the United States and Iran. For the Elysee, the choice of Donald Trump not to rush and observe a form of restraint, despite a new train of sanctions on the Iranian central bank and sending dozens of additional military in the region, validates the step of de-escalation.
The whole question is to find ways to go further by a symbolic financial gesture that allows the Iranian president to believe in a possible negotiation. "Iranians test the limit of Americans and find that the answer is uncertain," says a diplomatic source at the heart of the file. This could lead to believe in Iran's ruling circles, increasingly influenced by the young radical guard, that there is still room in the game of "maximum resistance". The very fact that Iranian-armed Yemeni Houthis refer to the UAE as their next target in the event of retaliation speaks volumes about Tehran's "nuisance power".
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"Race against time"
Emmanuel Macron will therefore try in New York Monday afternoon to shuttle between Donald Trump and President Rohani. Not to force them to see each other, even if it is not "totally excluded", but to try to get from each of them the encrypted parameters that can trigger a negotiation. "We are all aware that each new gap in Iran's compliance with the Vienna Nuclear Agreement brings us closer to the end of the control of the bomb," the diplomat said. exercise in race against the clock. "
France plans to use this opportunity to broaden its base of support for de-escalation. That of Japan, Russia, India and China would be acquired, as well as the strength of the European signatories (Germany, United Kingdom and EU). "So we must stay the course before it's too late," says one at the Elysee.