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Merkel Defends Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Merkel Defends Nuclear Agreement with Iran”

Iran reiterated it would not surrender to United States pressure and would resist USA "plots", following President Donald Trump's abandonment of the 2015 agreement last week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on the wires earlier today, via Reuters, speaking to the lawmakers on Iran issue in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

President Donald Trump announced last week the USA would pull out of the 2015 accord, which is created to keep Tehran's nuclear ambitions in check and took over a decade to negotiate.

Germany pushed back against Washington's rejection of historic Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday, saying the accord helped world leaders deal with concerns it has with the Islamic Republic. "This accord was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council, and therefore we - the UK, France, and Germany - as well as other European Union members along with us, believe that it is wrong to cancel this agreement in this situation", Merkel said during her speech in the German parliament.

Iran meanwhile said the new U.S. sanctions were an attempt to derail efforts to save the deal.

"This agreement is anything but ideal", she told lawmakers, but noted that the United Nations nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is abiding by its terms.

German cabinet

Meanwhile, Tehran is looking for guarantees from Europe that the deal can continue without the USA and warned it could restart its nuclear programme if talks fail.

Merkel said the Europeans aren't "blind" to threats posed by Iran's activities in Syria to Israel, for example.

"I doubt that the talks with the Europeans will be fruitful".

European powers this week vowed to shore up the deal by trying to keep Iran's oil and investment flowing, but admitted they would struggle to provide the guarantees Tehran seeks.

He was due to hold talks later in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.



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