Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a speech in the city of Tabriz in the northwestern East-Azerbaijan province on April 25, 2018. / AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Western envoys said Britain, Germany and France were nearing a package to put to Donald Trump to try and persuade him to save the Iran nuclear agreement, even as Tehran poured more scorn on the U.S. president, dismissing him as a "tradesman".Trump has described the 2015 agreement -- under which Iran promised to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for lifted sanctions -- as the worst deal ever negotiated and has threatened to wreck it by reimposing U.S. penalties next month.Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France, who all signed the accord with Iran and the United States, are determined to save the deal, seeing it as the best way to stop Iran developing a nuclear bomb.Western envoys told Reuters Wednesday that three months of meetings behind closed doors were culminating in a package of separate measures that could be taken against Iran in the hope they would satisfy Trump while keeping the nuclear deal intact.In Jerusalem, Israel's intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said that a prospective U.S.-European deal on Iran's nuclear program might make Trump stay his hand on abandoning the 2015 agreement.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier told a live TV audience that foreign powers had no authority to tinker with the nuclear deal, and questioned Trump's qualifications to question such a complex international agreement.
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