Merkel reaffirms commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Charlene Craig
May 11, 2018

Most recently, Macron led the charge by European leaders to try to convince his USA counterpart Donald Trump to stick with the deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme. Most recently, Trump's decision to pull out of a major nuclear energy and arms control deal with Iran has earned him criticism from Germany and other European nations including Russian Federation, who support the deal.

Europe must take its destiny into its own hands, said Merkel. "That's the task for the future".

"We made the choice to build peace and stability in the Middle East", he said in a reference to the involvement of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in the Iran deal.

The Chancellor noted that "on Europe's doorstep" there are many major global conflicts and expressed concern about the risk of war between Israel and Iran in Syria.

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Rouhani did not mention Israel's strikes Thursday against what the Jewish state said were Iranian targets in Syria or those against the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Mr Macron is, however, struggling to convince Germany that his visions are right for the European Union, with Angela Merkel dragging her feet over the reforms.

Europe has to "act together and speak with one voice", she said, as cited by Germany's Die Welt newspaper.

The German leader made similar comments last spring after the us president brought his "America First" message to a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, accusing them of not spending enough to their own defense.

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At a time when the United States is going its own way in ditching the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, as well as threatening allies with punitive trade tariffs, Macron said Europe needs more than ever to stand united and show greater strength.

"What's most important is to maintain stability and peace in the Near and Middle East", he stressed.

The German's kind words did not soften Mr Macron's speech as he ripped into Berlin's budget surplus "fetish".

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