Merkel stresses Germany's support for Iran nuclear deal

11 May, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Late last night, the Israeli army said Iranian forces in Syria had fired 20 rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but that all had been intercepted by their air-defense system. "The escalations of the past few hours show us that it is truly about war and peace".

The leaders' remarks come just after President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the US would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal.

The Middle East was becoming very unsafe, said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, adding that there was no "Plan B" in response to Trump's move and that France wanted to keep the accord alive even without Washington on board.

"If we accept that other major powers, including allies. put themselves in a situation to decide our diplomacy, security for us, and sometimes even make us run the worst risks, then we are not more sovereign and we can not be more credible to public opinion", Mr Macron said, in a clear attack against Mr Trump's decision on Iran.

The Iranian president, in turn, underlined that Tehran's interests in the JCPOA should be clearly guaranteed.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says that his country is not interested in creating new tensions in the region. Macron told Rouhani the same a day earlier.

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Merkel advocated opening talks with Iran on its ballistic missile programs and its activities in countries such as Syria and Yemen.

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to confront the damage that Germany's obsession with budget discipline is doing to the European project.

"We come from different political pasts, but we find common ground, and that is the magic of Europe", she said.

Many major global conflicts are happening "at Europe's doorstep", said Dr Merkel, who expressed concern about the risk of war between Israel and Iran over Syria.

Europe can no longer rely on the USA for military protection, German leader Angela Merkel said on Thursday as the continent's leaders absorb the shock dealt by the Trump administration's decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal. "That's the task for the future".

"If we accept that other major powers, including allies. put themselves in a situation to decide our diplomacy, security for us, and sometimes even make us run the worst risks, then we are not more sovereign and we can not be more credible to public opinion".

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