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France President Macron trying to save Iran nuclear deal by July 15

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW 7) drop 1000-pound general-purpose bombs during an Independence Day air power demonstration next to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in Arabian Sea on July 4, 2019.

MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS DAN SNOW/U.S. NAVY VIA AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 6, 2019

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says he is trying to resume dialogue between Iran and Western partners by July 15 to calm tensions in the region.

Macron's office said in a statement that the French leader spoke for more than an hour Saturday with Iranian President Hassan Rohani amid a standoff between Tehran and the U.S.

Macron expressed "strong concern about new weakening" of the 2015 accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

He said he would "explore between now and July 15 resumed dialogue among all parties." The statement didn't elaborate.

Europe is struggling to save the 2015 accord after President Donald Trump abandoned it last year.

Iran has set a deadline for Sunday for Europe to offer new terms to the accord, and is threatening to accelerate uranium enrichment.

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