Putin, Merkel Agrees To Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal

Joann Johnston
May 12, 2018

The group will also then meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the European External Action Service said in a statement. "The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. was discussed".

"I believe it is wrong to unilaterally tear up the agreement, which was agreed on and which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council", Merkel reportedly told attendees at a Catholic convention.

Merkel and Putin reiterated that Germany and Russian Federation are seeking to preserve the agreement between the remaining parties, according to the statement.

Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, on Tuesday called on the global community to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Mr Macron was in Aachen, Germany to receive his medal, which was given to him for "his vision for a new Europe and reform of the European project", "unrelenting determination and commitment" and "decisive struggle against every form of nationalism and isolationism".

Iran said it had asked Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA) to announce whether it would go ahead with a plane deal with Tehran following the USA pullout.

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He added that foreign corporations that have invested in Iran should announce their stance to counter the US withdrawal from the deal.

Ms. Merkel, for her part, reassured that keeping and preserving the nuclear deal is of prime importance for Europe.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe on Thursday to unite and exert a self-confident "European sovereignty" in the face of an increasingly complex world and unilateral American moves on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal and climate change.

"The U.S. should know that it can not easily renege on its worldwide commitments without paying a cost", he noted.

Erdogan described Trump's decision as "wrong" and added that the USA will be the "main loser" by such a decision.

Europeans fear a collapse of the nuclear deal could raise the risk of deepening conflicts in the Middle East.

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