LONDON- British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Sunday that Britain, France and Germany have agreed that the nuclear deal remains in tact despite US president Donald Trump threats to scrap the deal.

A statement said May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, they agreed the deal may need to be broadened to cover areas such as ballistic missiles, what will happen when the deal expires, and what they consider Iran’s destabilizing regional activity.

The statement said, “They committed to continue working closely together and with the US on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover.”

A deadline is looming where Trump has to decide on whether to restore economic sanctions against Iran next month, a decision that could destroy the 2015 agreement that lifted some sanctions so that Iran can curb their nuclear program.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doing a Middle East tour, said that Washington would abandon the nuclear deal unless talks with their allies in Europe improved.

He said, “We’ve certainly made some (progress with the Europeans),” he said. “There is still work to do. They said: ‘Great, we will support you if you get the fixes’.”

The statement added, Macron spoke with President Hassan Rouhani and agreed to work with him in coming weeks to preserve the nuclear deal.

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