4 Saturday, April 7, 2018 National Fire breaks out in Multan departmental store KARACHI: Head office: 509, Land Mark Plaza, I.I Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan. Ph: +9221-32214988- 32214990, Fax: +9221-32214989 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Editor: Muhammad Taqi Alvi Associate Editor: Ali Razavi - Editor Special Reports: Muhammad Rafique Rajpar Hyderabad Bureau Chief: Abbas Kassar - Islamabad Bureau Chief: Hameedullah Khan ISLAMABAD –– LAHORE –– RAWALPINDI –– KARACHI EDITORIAL Is a piece of land called Kashmir more important, or human rights without misery for Kashmiris? ANOTHER Kashmir Day went by with its usual annual protests and speeches, for and against both India and Pakistan in respective countries, raising usual claims and counter claims, but an issue called Kashmir remains unresolved since last seven decades. Needless to say, both nuclear states must resolve it, and fulfil constitutional rights of their nations, developing and advancing everything and everyone by beating poverty and militarism, to create a best life with peace, not a delusional living with wars. ANALYSTS believed that among best solutions for worst problem between India and Pakistan is for both countries to relinquish their claim on Kashmir, for India to let their “occupied Kashmir” be governed like Pakistani part of Kashmir is governed, with its own almost free and independent government. IDEAL though it may be from Kashmiri viewpoint, it seems almost impossible for both the Kashmirs of these two countries to unite, with a new country created without dependence on either India or Pakistan, or free from monopoly and manipulation by any one or the other side. INDEPENDENT geo-political experts, civil rights and human liberties organs and war (renamed “defense”) analysts on international media and world affairs have a lot to say on “why Kashmir issue” continues and won’t be resolved in any short or medium term foreseeable time, and this writing delves into it, with problems known, but solutions not dared to be thought or made known, much less implemented. KASHMIR, India insists, is a bilateral issue with Pakistan, and therefore it has exhausted all national and international channels to frustrate Pakistani attempts on national or international level not to have any crisis centered around Kashmir, described as “jugular vein” of Pakistan, or to be resolved with its own defied might. Pakistan could not involve and settle this Kashmir issue through any third party, superpower, big power, European Union, or any other association of countries, like the NATO, of which Pakistan itself was a member. Pakistan has failed in international diplomacy in strongly presenting its Kashmir case at the International “Criminal” Court charging Indian leaders against Kashmiri genocide, nor could Pakistan lobby enough, post 9/11, or in having resolutions of the United Nations Organization, which India violates internationally and does not obey, implemented. As a phrase goes India “got away with murder” and Pakistan could not prosecute any of the lacs of Kashmir killings at an available ICC forum nor anywhere else. Pakistan can try all afore mentioned possibilities, and fail, rather than not try at all. Maybe it can achieve at least a relative success to further build upon, if it tries. By Ishaan Tharoor The Donald Trump administration’s schizophrenic messaging around Syria has only got more confusing in recent days. As some of the war’s biggest outside players jockeyed in Ankara, reports indicated that the United States is building two new military bases in northern Syria. About 2,000 US troops are stationed there in support of Kurdish and Arab militias allied with Washington. Daesh is in retreat, driven from the vast majority of the territory it once commanded, but military commanders and government officials speak of staying the course and stabilising areas once controlled by the terrorists. However, US President Donald Trump has made no secret of his personal eagerness to wind down American military commitments in the Middle East. At a rally in Ohio last week, he gloated about “knocking the hell out of Daesh” and added that “we’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon”. Then, at a White House news conference on Tuesday, he lamented that the country had got “nothing out of $7 trillion [spent] in the Middle East over the last 17 years” — a suspect measurement of the cost of the US war effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. “I want to get out,” Trump said of Syria. “I want to bring our troops back home.” Trump, of course, is liable to change his mind at any time — or simply not follow through on his proclamations. After all, he has bemoaned the seemingly endless (and fruitless) American involvement in Afghanistan, yet presided over a troop increase there last year. Trump’s transactional view of things also tends to dominate his thinking. He reiterated last week that Arab countries should compensate the US for its military presence in the region, as if American troops were almost mercenaries for hire. On Wednesday, though, it seemed that Trump had made a clear decision following a meeting with top officials in his administration. A White House statement confirmed that the “military mission ... in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with Daesh being almost completely destroyed”. It added that the US and its allies would “remain committed to eliminating the small Daesh presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated”. But it left the matter of building OPINION SUMMARILY, the long and the short of it is that, with all the human casualties and material damages, inside and outside Kashmir, neither India nor Pakistan could really solve this problem, through force or talks. Prolongation of Kashmir problem may be for obvious reasons recalled above, and due to some more factors, lesser or well known to specialists, now abreast with electronic media developments on international affairs. PAKISTAN’s policy on Kashmir, it is claimed by some analysts wrongly or rightly, has at times benefited India more. It did not bring brimming grace to Pakistan's cup. India made it appear like Pakistan wanted more land but did not care for life of Kashmiri people. Indian Army and Central Reserve Police kill, injure, and torture Kashmiris against what is called as law breaker opposition. Indian Muslims are oppressed in many Indian cities and states more or less like they're oppressed in Kashmir, but Pakistani leaders mostly condemned oppression over Kashmiris, for known reasons of water supply etc said to flow from Kashmir into Pakistan. POLICIES of both India and Pakistan could not stop killings, injuries, maiming, torture, rapes and illegitimate children in Kashmir, nor were helpful in having finally resolved Kashmir issue as per wishes of Kashmiris on which Pakistan rightly emphasizes upon, and justly supports through diplomatic channels. This policy must be renewed to reflect more practical and genuine help with undue strings from any side for Kashmiris, and for especially Pakistan to decrease India’s killing, injuring, arrests, torture, kidnappings, rapes, extra-judicial orders, imprisonment without charges or trials, etc. All this is rightly or wrongly assumed not to have been done by Pakistan, though the fact is that Pakistan has tried, but may be not enough, to help and ease continued pain and miseries of Kashmiri Muslims since 70 years past from creation of Pakistan ion 14 August 1947 up to now, partly because of India's wider reach and influence on political and diplomatic fronts worldwide. MEANTIME, contrary accounts believed Pakistan did everything it could, but reality of breakup of India and carving of Pakistan itself has made Indian forces cruel upon Muslims in India in general, and against ever protesting Kashmiri Muslims in particular. Such continued crisis in Kashmir is an ideological defeat for Pakistan for a simple reason that Hindu India’s violence on Kashmir Muslims may be attributed to Muslims’ breaking an undivided India and creating a new country called Pakistan based on religion which must have pursued a policy with minimum casualties to Kashmiri Muslims, which remained an impossible dream up to now. Can America really quit Syria? Trump seems to care more about winning his war than building long-lasting peace peace in the country in the hands of other actors: “We expect countries in the region and beyond, plus the United Nations, to work towards peace and ensure that Daesh never re-emerges.” “In some ways, Trump has split the difference between his own desire for a quick exit and military concerns about leaving a vacuum in Syria,” my colleague Karen DeYoung wrote. “By ordering a ‘conditions-based’ departure, pegged to [Daesh] destruction, but not giving a date, he has left wiggle-room for further discussion as to what that ‘destruction’ means.” But the White House’s rhetoric still seemed to contradict the statements of senior US officials involved in the anti-Daesh fight, who show no signs that they plan to leave soon. General Joseph Votel, the head of US Central Command, told a gathering at the US Institute of Peace in Washington that the “hard part” in Syria “is in front of us”. He referred to “stabilising these areas, consolidating our gains, getting people back into their homes, [and] addressing the long-term issues of reconstruction and other things that will have to be done”, adding that “there is a military role in this”. Brett McGurk, the US State Department’s special envoy to the anti-Daesh coalition, concurred. “We’re not finished,” he said at the same event. “And we have to work through some very difficult issues as we speak.” These difficult issues include the dizzying complexity of bringing the broader war in Syria to an end. On Wednesday, the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran met in Ankara in the latest round of talks over Syria’s future. Turkey, once a vociferous opponent of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, has seen the tide of the war tilt against its interests and is trying to find common cause with Al Assad’s chief patrons. The Turks are also furious over continued American support to Syrian Kurdish factions operating along their border. Given the tough realities of the Syrian war, Trump can’t be blamed for wanting to extract the US from the country once Daesh has been pronounced dead. But a host of Trump allies have urged Trump to be patient and resolute. The Washington foreign-policy establishment is also wary of quitting the fight too soon. MULTAN: Smoke rises from the fire which erupted in a local shopping plaza due to unknown reasons in Multan Cantonment area. MULTAN: Goods costing millions of rupees have been burnt into ashes in a major fire that broke out in a department store in Multan on Friday morning. Fourteen vehicles of fire brigade department are taking part in the operation to extinguish the blaze in Cantonment Bazar. No loss of life has been One kills, 27 injured in road accident Our Correspondent coach heading to Muhammad, Hameed, SHIKARPUR: One Peshawar collided with a Khalid, Hazrat Umar, commuter was killed fast moving wagon, it was Zakir Khan, Imran, while at least 27 passengers going for Sukkur from Bukhtiar, Jan Muhammad sustained severe Kandhkot, owing to over and others sustained grave wounds in a collision took speed, which resulting, wounds. place between commuter one passenger identified Rescue teams immediately coach and passenger as Kamran Mahar, of 30, shifted the injured wagon beside Khanpur said to be a wagon driver, and dead body to Civil town at Indus highway due killed and 27 other passengers Hospital Shikarpur and to over speeding in the including five women Taluka Hospital Khanpur limits of Faizo Police identified as Mst Salman, for medical attention and advanced Station, some 40 kilometers away from here, on Friday. Mst Tajul, Mst Rukhsana, Mst, Jahahir, Mst Shazia and Saifullah, Bhaghial, postmortem of deceased and handed over the body of deceased to his relatives According to police, a Azmatullah, Ghulam after completing necessary fast moving commuter Akbar, Farman, Gul medical formalities. State of art incinerator to be installed in Holy Family Hospital RAWALPINDI: The Holy Family Hospital Administration has decided to install a state of art mobile Incinerator to safely destroy the hospital waste. According to media reports Rs 50 million worth incinerator in this regard has been purchased from France with the help of United Nations Organization (UNO). The new incinerator will be installed, during this moth where it has the capacity to safely destroy 150 kg hospital waste in only one hour. Hospital waste from Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District Headquarter Hospital will also be burnt here. According to the Hospital Administration the Holy Family hospital produces around 250 kg, Benazir Bhutto Hospital 200 kg and DHQ Hospital 150 Kg of Hospital waste on daily basis. Meanwhile Hospital waste from private hospital will be also burned down here, they said. Nawaz shoe attackers get bail LAHORE: A local court on Friday granted bail to three accused involved in shoe attack on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at Chinese engineers found guilty for fight with policemen in Khanewal KHANEWAL: The Chinese engineers, who had a brawl with policemen a couple of days ago in Kabirwala, has been found at fault, according to the inquiry. On April 4, a fight broke out between police officials and Chinese engineers after the latter attempted to leave camp without security in Kabirwala, Khanewal. The engineers, are working on a motorway project in Khanewal, attacked a police mobile van and cut off electricity supply to the police camp. The engineers wrote a letter to PM Abbasi in which they claimed that their lives were in danger due to the presence of security officials. The letter claimed that Chinese engineers attempted to leave camp for work purposes but were stopped and assaulted by police. Jamia Naeemia. The judge while granting bail to all three accused asked them to furnish surety bonds of Rs100,000 each. I S L A M A B A D : Farmers across the country should worry about more frequent and intense dust storms which could disturb harvesting and threshing of Rabi crops and sowing of the next Earlier on March 11, an Islamic seminary students were arrested for hurling a shoe at Nawaz Sharif. The incident occurred when the former premier reached Jamia Naeemia to address a function organised by the seminary. The shoe hurling was broadcast live on TV channels. The perpetrator then jumped onto the stage where Sharif was standing and began chanting before he was overpowered by the crowd and was handed over to police. Kharif crops, says the National Weather Forecasting Centre. Heat waves are expected to affect major cities during April and May, it said. The temperature will rise 1-2°C. This will speed reported but a worker sustained minor burn injuries during evacuation. “Our first responders conveyed a message that it was a fire of third degree after which deputed all the fire engines to extinguish the blaze,” said a Fire Brigade official. “Firefighting is underway from front and back sides. Many nearby buildings have been evacuated.” “Another problem we have to encounter is that grocery and cooking items specially oil were kept in the store due to which fire was still raging,” said another official. Army troops have also been called to help put out the fire. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. SIUs to be set up in police stations at IBD ISLAMABAD: The Inspector General (IG) Federal Police (FP) Sultan Azam Temuri has ordered to establish Specialized Investigation Units (SIUs) in 22 Police station of Federal Capital to investigate cases with more scientific approaches. During the first phase of collective forums in FP the selection of investigation officer will be made cautiously while once an officer is trained will be appointed for two years in respective unit. Inspector of the Police will be the head of unit while deployment of personnel in each unit will be done in proportion to number of police officers who have remained posted in the respective police station for five years. MTP badly fails to contain traffic accidents ISLAMABAD: MTP has badly failed to contain the accidents due to speedier driving. Yesterday two persons including an unidentified girl have breathed their last in different accidents. On Islamabad Expressway in the limit of Thana Sehala a recklessly driven car No. ADB 701 hit Tunwir s/o Sher Akhtar killing him on the spot. Later on police has taken the car into custody and shifted the body to hospital. On other hand in the area of Thana Tarnol a fast moving dumper hit and killed an unknown girl and her body was shifted to hospital. Weather forecast: Dust storms, heat waves in April, May up snowmelt in the Northern Areas and lead to more water flows in the Indus and Jhelum Rivers. In the winter, we got 20-25% less snowfall than average and it happened in February and early March. CHINIOT: A nomad family going towards their next destiny on motorcycle rickshaw. ONLINE PHOTO by Malik Muhammad Ali
South Korean court jails former president Park for 24 years GAZA BORDE: Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 40 Palestinian protesters on Friday, Palestinian medics said, as thousands converged on Gaza’s border with Israel and set fire to mounds of tyres to launch a second week of demonstrations. SEOUL: A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates. Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that landed the heads of two conglomerates in jail. The court also fined Park, the daughter of a former military dictator, 18 billion won ($16.9 million) after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion. “The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people, and as a result, brought massive chaos to the order of state affairs and led to the impeachment of the president, which was unprecedented,” judge Kim Seyoon said as he handed down the sentence. Up to 1,000 Park supporters gathered outside the court, holding national flags and signs calling for an end to “political revenge” against her. The court found Park guilty of colluding with her old friend, Choi Soon-sil, to receive about 7 billion won ($6.56 million) each from Lotte Group, a retail giant, and Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones and semiconductors, while demanding 8.9 billion won from SK, an energy Twenty Palestinians have died since the demonstrations near the heavily guarded Gaza border fence began on March 30, the latest a man who died in a Gaza hospital on Friday of gunshot wounds suffered on the first day of protests. Five of Friday’s 40 conglomerate. Most of the money was intended to bankroll nonprofit foundations run by Choi’s family and confidants, and to fund the education of Choi’s horse-riding daughter, the court said. Prosecutors sought a 30- year sentence and a 118.5 billion won ($112 million) fine for Park. Park, 66, who has been in jail since March 31 last year, has denied wrongdoing and was not present in wounded were in critical condition, according to the Gaza health ministry. Palestinian tent encampments have sprung up a few hundred meters (yards) back from the 65- km (40-mile) frontier but groups of youths have ventured much closer, rolling tyres and throwing stones towards Israeli troops. The demonstrators are pressing for a right of return to what is now Israel for refugees - and their descendants - from the 1948 war surrounding the country’s creation. Refugees comprise most of the 2 million population court. The judge said Park had shown “no sign of repentance” but had instead tried to shift the blame to Choi and her secretaries. “We cannot help but sternly hold her accountable,” Kim said. Park apologized while in office for seeking help from Choi, who had no policy or political experience, but that was as close as she came to admitting any guilt. Kang Chul-koo, one of Israeli gunfire wounds 40 Palestinians in renewed Gaza border protest: medics Southeast Asia's idyllic islands buckle under tourism strain SINGAPORE/BANGK OK: The six-month closure of the Philippine tourism island of Boracay for a revamp after the country’s president branded it a “cesspool” reflects the growing pressures on beach resorts across Southeast Asia as visitor numbers surge. Tourism experts say the region’s infrastructure is buckling under record visitor numbers, especially as more Chinese holiday abroad, and expect more drastic measures to come. Airports have become chaotic, hotels are being thrown up hastily with little regard for safety and sanitation, tropical beaches are strewn with garbage and coral reefs are dying. Thailand already has plans to shut its famous Maya Bay in the Phi Phi islands for four months this summer, while an environmental group is calling for urgent government action to tackle a “crisis” on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali. “Many out-of-control destinations across Asia will need clean-ups,” said Brian King, associate dean of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. “These may come from government, or industry or from NGO-driven community action. Leaving jail, Puigdemont calls for dialogue with Madrid BERLIN: Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called on Spain to abandon its attempts to prosecute separatist leaders as he left a German prison on Friday, urging Madrid to enter into dialogue with them. Puigdemont, granted bail after German judges ruled he could not be extradited on charges of “rebellion” brought by Spain, thanked prison staff as he emerged to cheers and people waving Catalan flags. of Israeli-blockaded Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist militant movement Hamas. “I, like everyone around here, am coming to liberate their land,” Hekam Kuhail, 60, told Reuters, flashing a v-forvictory sign and having her photograph taken near the border. With black tyre smoke and Israeli tear gas rising into the air, Palestinian youths used T-shirts, cheap medical masks and perfume to try and protect themselves. Israel was also trying to douse burning tyres with fire hoses from its side of the border. Hungary PM Orban on track for third straight term in power BUDAPEST: Hungary’s Viktor Orban, Europe’s hardliner on immigration, on Friday hailed his common eurosceptic path with Poland’s right-wing government as he headed into an election which seems certain to hand him a third straight term in power. After a campaign in which Orban has positioned himself as a saviour of Hungary’s Christian values and culture against a flood of Muslim migrants, all opinion polls put his Fidesz party well in the lead for Sunday’s election. An emphatic victory could embolden Orban, Hungary’s longest serving post-communist prime minister, to solidify a Central European alliance against the European Union’s migration policies, and against a deeper integration of the bloc which he opposes. PARIS: When French President Emmanuel Macron flew into Riyadh for hastily arranged talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in November it was all smiles in public, but in private a tough dialogue over Iran signaled a change between the allies. Whether that was a momentary tiff or a longer-lasting complication may become clear when Prince Mohammed arrives in Paris on Sunday for a two-day visit that will focus on the crises in Yemen, Syria and Qatar and the Iran nuclear deal. After trips to Britain and the United States with major contracts envisaged, the prince, or MBS as he is also known, will attend cultural events, political meetings and an Park’s state-appointed lawyers, said he would discuss with her the possibility of an appeal. “We tried our utmost but regret the result turned out very bad,” Kang told reporters at the court. “The truth will be revealed one day.” The sentence will be a bitter blow for Park, who returned to the presidential palace in 2012 as the country’s first woman leader, more than three decades after she left it following the assassination of her father. Her ouster from office last year led to a presidential election won by the liberal Moon Jae-in, whose conciliatory stand on North Korea has underpinned a significant warming of ties between the rival neighbors. Moon’s office said Park’s fate was “heartbreaking” not only for herself but for the country, and added that history that was not remembered would be repeated. “We will not forget today,” the office said. Majority govt eludes Czech PM Babis as coalition talks founder PRAGUE: The chances of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis forming a majority government are expected to suffer a blow on Friday, with the Social Democrats likely to officially end coalition talks, raising the risk of early elections. Talks between Babis’s ANO party - which won three times as many votes as its nearest rival in a parliamentary election last October - and the Social Democrats broke down late on Thursday evening in a row over ministries. The Social Democratic Party’s leadership meets on Friday afternoon. Its chairman, Jan Hamacek, has said he will recommend ending talks with ANO. The move will leave Babis with no viable governing partner for now. Most parties are shunning the billionaire businesman-turned-politician while he fights police allegations he illegally obtained a 2 million-euro EU subsidy a decade ago. Babis denies wrongdoing and has refused to step aside as prime minister, as most parties have demanded. LOS ANGELES: Lorde issued an apology Thursday for using a “poorly chosen quote” from a Whitney Houston song alongside a photo of a bathtub on Instagram. Lorde came under fire after sharing a snapshot of water pouring into a tub — presumably a bath the singer herself planned to take — with the caption, “And iii will always love you.” The lyrics were taken from the late Houston’s beloved single from her 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” Houston accidentally drowned in a bathtub in 2012 at the age of 48. “Extremely extremely poor chosen quote,” Lorde wrote on her Instagram story. “I’m so sorry for offending anyone — I hadn’t even put this together I was just excited to take a bath. I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again.” Lorde has since deleted the original post, later adding to her Instagram story, “IT IS NOT MY FKN DAY TODAY.” The “Green Light” crooner will perform Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, as part of her “Melodrama World Tour” before heading to the Mohegan Sun resort Saturday in Connecticut. Saturday, April 7, 2018 International 5 Lorde apologizes for bathtub post with Whitney Houston lyrics US imposes sanctions on Russian oligarchs, officials for 'malign activity' WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on Friday against Russian businessmen, companies and government officials, striking at associates of President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington’s most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for a range of activities, including alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. SJA Jafri Bureau Chief Australia economic forum. While a tourism project between the two countries will be announced, MBS is not expected to clinch any mega-deals. French officials dismiss any M E L B O U R N E : Thirteen men, including a primary school teacher, have been charged following raids across Victoria which allegedly uncovered child abuse material featuring victims as young as newborns. Victoria Police and the Australia Federal Police (AFP) raided homes across 19 suburbs and one country town over several election. The action, taken under pressure from the U.S. Congress, freezes the U.S. assets of “oligarchs” such as aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov, whose family controls Russia’s largest gold producer, Polyus. The Treasury days in March in the major operation. They discovered horrific child abuse material, child sex dolls, weapons and drugs. “The material that we're talking about here that's been seized relates to images of children as young as newborn children to the age of 17 years," Deputy Department sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, plus 17 senior Russian government officials, are likely to complicate U.S. President Donald Trump’s hopes for good relations with Putin. “The Russian government engages in a range of malign activity around the globe, including continuing to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine, supplying the Assad regime with material and weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempting to subvert Western democracies, and malicious cyber activities,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement. 13 Australians charged over uncovered child abuse notion that the absence of huge contracts reflects any weakening in the relationship, saying they seek a new “method” of working with the world’s largest oil exporter that does Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters yesterday. "It involves them in sexually provocative poses, it involves them being subject to violence, it involves them being in degraded acts and it also involves torture. "This is horrendous. To view this material, to make this material, to share this material - it's abhorrent, its offensive and it's disgusting." Thirteen men, aged 19 to 62, have been charged and another two are expected to be charged on summons. As Saudi prince arrives, ties with France more complex than before not depend on eye-catching new business. A warm relationship between Riyadh and Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande did not result in the sharp expansion of business Paris had sought. “Competition is fierce so we had to rethink the models of relationships. Less talk about major contracts and more focus on sectors that are less spectacular such as health, education and tourism,” said a senior French diplomat. But analysts note the 32-year-old Prince Mohammed has emphasized closer ties with U.S. President Donald Trump just at a time when Macron has in turn sought to improve relations with Iran and vowed to preserve the nuclear deal.