After a week of protests that saw killed 21 in Iran, France’s President Emmanuel Macron made a statement accusing the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel of performing actions that could “lead us to war,”. According to a Reuter’s report, Macron said:
“The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war,”
Since the United States presidency of Donald Trump began in 2017, the country appears to have taken an aggressive approach to dealing with Iran. Examples of this include the back-step made on the Iran nuclear deal that was implemented with the support of both the U.S. and France in 2015. The nuclear deal carried limitations on Iran’s ability to use nuclear energy.
A comment from the United States state department on the matter read that there were:
“ample authorities to hold accountable those who commit violence against protestors, contribute to censorship, or steal from the people of Iran”
This statement came amid claims that the United States played a part in adding to the unrest of the situation in Iran. A Newsweek report states that the CIA refused to comment on the issue.