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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Exclusive: For now, U.S. wants Europeans just to commit to improve Iran deal

WASHINGTON/PARIS/MUNICH The United States has sketched out a path under which three key European allies would simply commit to try to improve the Iran nuclear deal over time in return for U.S. President Donald Trump keeping the pact alive by renewing U.S. sanctions relief in May.

Feb 14 2018

France says Iran's missile program must be put 'under surveillance'

PARIS Iran's ballistic missile program must be placed under international surveillance, French President Emmanuel Macron said, in an bid to get tougher on Tehran while preserving the nuclear deal that Donald Trump has threatened to scrap.

Feb 13 2018

Enough red lines, time to act, Syria's White Helmets tell Macron

PARIS France should stop talking about red lines and focus on real action to persuade the main actors in Syria's conflict to agree a ceasefire, the vice-president of the Syria Civil Defence, or "White Helmets", said on Tuesday.

Feb 09 2018

No sign of France reviewing weapons sales to Saudi-led Yemen coalition: sources

PARIS France has shown no concrete signs of reducing or suspending weapons sales to a Saudi-led coalition despite warnings that some of its weapons could be used in the war in Yemen, sources aware of the issue said on Friday.

Feb 08 2018

Iran says it can discuss other issues if nuclear deal successful

Paris The West must ensure the Iran 2015 nuclear deal succeeds before trying to negotiate other issues, a senior Iranian official said in a rare public suggestion Tehran could discuss matters such as its regional activities or missile program with world powers.

Feb 08 2018

IranAir CEO says no problems financing plane deals

Paris IranAir is not having problems financing plane purchases from Boeing and Airbus but deliveries could be hampered if the United States does not extend export licences, Chief Executive Farzaneh Sharafbafi said on Thursday.

Feb 08 2018

EU could impose blocking regulations if U.S. pulls out of Iran deal

PARIS The European Union could put in place regulations to protect its firms doing business in Iran if the United States withdraws from the 2015 nuclear deal and restores extraterritorial sanctions, a senior EU official said on Thursday.

Feb 08 2018

France pushing Iran business ties despite nuclear deal 'limbo'

PARIS France will encourage its firms to do business in Iran despite uncertainty over a landmark 2015 nuclear deal putting the business environment in "limbo", a senior French finance official said on Thursday.

Feb 08 2018

IranAir CEO says no problems financing plane deals

Paris, Feb 8 IranAir is not having problems financing plane purchases from Boeing and Airbus but deliveries could be hampered if the United States does not extend export licences, Chief Executive Farzaneh Sharafbafi said on Thursday.

Feb 07 2018

France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria

PARIS France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that Turkey and Iran were both violating international law through their actions in Syria, France's toughest comments yet on Turkish involvement in the Syrian conflict.

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