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Germany chancellor Merkel argues best way to tackle Iran’s deal after US exist

A multilateral approach, including towards Iran, is the only option, said Merkel, who with other European powers is struggling to keep alive the nuclear...

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Germany chancellor Merkel argues best way to tackle Iran’s deal after US exist

A multilateral approach, including towards Iran, is the only option, said Merkel, who with other European powers is struggling to keep alive the nuclear...

16 May 2018 Wednesday 18:01
Germany chancellor Merkel argues best way to tackle Iran’s deal after US exist

SOME partners of Iran nuclear deal have continued to defend it following rejection by President Donald Trump, few days ago.

According to Reuters, already Germany’s Angela Merkel on Wednesday defended the Iran nuclear deal, arguing the pact is the best way to tackle concerns about Tehran’s role in Syria and its ballistic missile program.

In a wide-ranging policy speech to the Bundestag lower house of parliament, the chancellor of 12-1/2 years addressed a range of individual issues from euro zone reform to digitalization and defense, without laying out a consistent strategic vision.

A multilateral approach, including towards Iran, is the only option, said Merkel, who with other European powers is struggling to keep alive the nuclear deal without the United States.

Merkel described the deal as “everything other than ideal”, but argued that international nuclear authorities said Iran was sticking to its commitments.

“This does not mean we are happy about everything Iran is doing, we have to talk about its role in Syria, its ballistic missile program, other issues, but the question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it,” Merkel told lawmakers.

“We say you can talk better if you remain in it,” she added.

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the 2016 pact between Iran and six world powers which lifted most international sanctions in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear program, under the surveillance of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

“Despite all the difficulties that we have these days, the transatlantic affiliation is and remains paramount,” Merkel, whose fourth term atop a coalition started in March after her conservatives made big losses in a Sept. vote, told lawmakers.

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