Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Merkel defends nuclear deal, Iran says won't surrender to US

Merkel defends nuclear deal, Iran says won't surrender to US

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized in the lower house of parliament (Bundestag), the withdrawal of the U.S. government from the nuclear agreement with Iran. "It's not right to cancel this agreement in this situation now", she said.

On Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that after talks with the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Iran in Brussels, the sides had agreed to work out practical solutions in response to the USA withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, within the next few weeks.

The best way to address global concern about Iran's role in the region and its ballistic missile programme is within the framework of the nuclear deal.

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Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on May 16 that Tehran will not flag under USA pressure.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump expected Tehran to leave the deal after the United States withdrawal, but Tehran had refused to follow that plan by trying to save the deal with its remaining signatories.

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.

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Rohani was speaking a day after Washington announced fresh sanctions on the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, accusing him of providing support for terrorist activities.

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

British, French and German foreign ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday to see how they can save the nuclear deal without the United States, but appeared hard-pressed over how their companies could continue doing business with Iran once Washington begins to reimpose sanctions.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini as the Europeans seek to keep the Iran nuclear agreement.

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