Rouhani said that as long Iran’s interests are “guaranteed we will remain in the deal, whether the U.S. remains or not.” But, he added, that “if our benefits are not guaranteed, we will not remain in the deal, no matter what the circumstances are.”

Macron’s new proposal included elements suggesting that further actions could be taken to curb Iran’s military power and regional influence, though it remained unclear exactly what they would mean. Macron’s offer, the Guardian reported, “seemed calculated to appease the [Trump’s] discontent with the current agreement, the [JCPOA] by proposing a broader initiative to tackle other elements of Iran’s challenge in the region, particularly its ballistic missile program, and its military role in Syria.”

Meanwhile, critics of Trump’s threat to torpedo the international agreement continue to voice warnings that doing so puts the U.S. and Iran on a direct path to war.

“Donald Trump is setting up a dangerous catch-22 with Iran,” warned Trita Parsi, president of the National American-Iranian Council, in a statement on Tuesday. “Trump is threatening war if Iran restarts nuclear activities on one hand while he unravels the very agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran on the other. This is more than a war of words, Donald Trump is setting us up for a very real military conflict.”

Macron and Europe seem “willing to bend over backwards to save the nuclear deal and prevent catastrophe,” added Parsi. “When our closest allies express alarm in unison, we should listen. Trump should quit while he is ahead and reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the JCPOA before it is too late. The alternative would be an isolated America, an unchecked Iranian nuclear program, and an escalation towards war.”

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