Merkel Says Germany Remains Committed To Iran Nuclear Accord

Iran says won’t ‘surrender’ to US Merkel defends N-deal

Iran says won’t ‘surrender’ to US Merkel defends N-deal

The conflict in Syria has taken an enormous scale and can not be settled without the participation of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Europe and other regional powers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

Speaking during ongoing budgetary consultations in the federal parliament (Bundestag), Merkel hit back at opposition criticism of a scheduled rise in military funding from 38.5 billion euros (45.5 billion US dollars) in 2018 to 41.5 billion euros in 2019.

"The question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it ... we say you can talk better if you remain in it".

"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.

Trump last week announced he planned to reimpose an array of sanctions lifted by the accord, and the US Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor, three other individuals and an Iraq-based bank.

"That's why we, Britain, France, Germany but also the members of the European Union, believe it's not right to cancel this agreement in this situation now", said Merkel, adding that concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and its destabilizing influence in the region could best be discussed with Tehran by preserving the deal.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that "the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it".

"Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.

At meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels on May 15, the European signatories vowed to keep the JCPOA alive despite the USA withdrawal.

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

The Europeans and Iranians have tasked experts to come up with measures quickly and will meet again in Vienna next week.

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