During his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Macron said "[the deal] can be improved, we can have new contributions, but we will not backtrack." Of the accord, he said, "i t binds us. It brings together us."
Macron firmly rejected escalation with North Korea and said France would "not close any door to dialogue" with the country.
"This is a good agreement, an agreement that’s essential to peace" Macron said. Earlier, Trump had called the deal "an embarrassment to the United States."Multilateralism was a major theme of his speech. Macron said the world's greatest problems, from climate change to the problems of "unregulated capitalism," could only be solved by nations working together. "W e can only try and address those challenges through multilateralism, not through the law of the survival of the fittest" he said.
His comments are in direct contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump, who stressed the importance of nationalism and sovereignty at the UNGA.