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Merkel Defends Nuclear Deal Even If It Isn’t Ideal

Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Donald Trump expected Tehran to leave the deal after the US withdrawal, but Tehran refused to follow that plan by trying to save the deal with its remaining signatories
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday.German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin on Wednesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back on Wednesday against Washington’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, saying the accord has provided a channel of talks for western countries to pursue their concerns with Iran.
Merkel reasserted a defense of the deal in remarks to lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
“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,” she said, Reuters reported.
“This agreement is everything other than ideal, but Iran is, according to all the knowledge of the international nuclear authorities, sticking to the commitments of the agreement.”
Iran reiterated it would not surrender to US pressure and would resist US “plots”, following President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the 2015 agreement last week.

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