The nuclear deal with Iran is the best option for restricting Tehran’s nuclear program, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed in an interview with Fox News. He also stressed that a deal should be made regarding Iran’s ballistic missile program.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with Fox News that there is no “plan B” if the nuclear deal with Iran is annulled. Macron is currently in the US and set to meet with his American counterpart later today (Monday).

During the interview, which aired on Sunday, Macron explained that he strongly opposes Iran’s ballistic missile program but supports the current nuclear deal because he does not see a better alternative. “I’m not satisfied with the situation with Iran,” he stressed. “My point is to say don’t leave now the JCPOA as long as you have not a better option for nuclear, and let’s complete it with ballistic missile and regional containment,” he told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, referring to the nuclear deal by its official acronym.

Trump has set a May 12 deadline for America’s partners in the nuclear deal. In January, Trump warned that if the deal’s “terrible flaws” are not fixed by then, he will decide to reimpose US sanctions against Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to express support for Macron’s remarks regarding the deal. “President Macron is correct in saying there’s no ‘Plan B’ on JCPOA,” he tweeted. “It’s either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage President Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith.”

Macron’s three-day visit to the US includes a dinner with Trump and his wife, a state dinner at the White House and making an address in front of Congress.