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Will withdraw from Paris accord without more favourable terms: US

AFP | Montreal |

The White House pushed back at a European suggestion it was softening its stance on the Paris climate accord, insisting Washington will withdraw from the agreement unless it can re-enter on more favourable terms.

The remark came as environment ministers from some 30 countries gathered in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris climate accord, which President Donald Trump had pulled out of in June.

At the summit, which was attended by a US observer, the US “stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris Accord, but they (will) try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” the European Union’s top climate official Miguel Arias Canete said.

Canete said there would be a meeting on the sidelines of next week’s UN General Assembly with American representatives “to assess what is the real US position,” noting “it’s a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past.”

The US observer was not immediately available for comment and the White House insisted the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord without more favourable terms.