The Mystery Of The Missing French Oak Sapling Solved

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The European sessile oak tree French President Emmanuel Macron gave as a gift to President Donald Trump has disappeared, the BBC reported.

Britain, France and Germany have agreed that the Iran nuclear deal, that U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to walk out from, remains the best way of stopping Tehran from gaining access to nuclear weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said on Sunday. Workers are monitoring it for parasites. Since there was no official statement regarding the mysterious disappearance of the tree, wild speculations then began to spread online.

But now, less than a week later, photos show an off-colour, pale patch of turf where the sapling once stood.

As part of the ceremonies, the two leaders - along with their spouses - planted a tree on the South Lawn.

Instead, Macron ended up improvising a new Iran initiative, and Merkel left the White House saying the decision on preventing a trade war was out of her hands.

French Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud tweeted Sunday the tree needed to be quarantined to meet USA agricultural laws.

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Macron said that USA and French officials were working "intensively" together to fashion a new common approach to Iran and the region.

The tree, a European sessile oak, came from the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood, which took place in the summer of 1918.

By the end of last week, though, the tree was nowhere to be found. People questioned why Trump or White House officials would have dug up the tree.

Gérard Araud explained that the tree has actually been placed in quarantine.

"I think at this point a sense of realism has set in on both sides, and a determination to do whatever is possible to keep the relationship afloat because the stakes are so big", she said.

Downing Street said May, Merkel and Macron also pledged to "continue working closely" with the USA on the issue, including on "those issues that a new deal might cover".