Merkel: Transatlantic ties must endure dispute about Iran nuclear deal

Lawrence Kim
May 17, 2018

Canceling nuclear deal between world powers and Iran would be wrong, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in German Parliament on May 16.

The chancellor recalled that the United Nations member-countries voted for that document, and it took years to agree on the deal.

She added: "Britain, France and Germany were of the opinion that the agreement against Iran's nuclear armament is an agreement that certainly has weaknesses, but an agreement we should stand by".

According to Merkel, there are some points of contention in relations between the European Union and Tehran, including Iran's ballistic missile program.

Von der Leyen said on Monday, however, that the increase outlined by her department would demonstrate to worldwide partners that Germany remained committed to its collective security obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation framework.

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.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six global mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

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 U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, within the next few weeks.

Major European powers have sought to keep Iran in a landmark worldwide nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against Tehran.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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