Merkel to visit Russian Federation on May 18 to discuss Iran nuclear deal

Sergio Cunningham
May 12, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal after the United States pulled out of it, the Kremlin said.

"Iran has always sought to reduce tensions in the region, trying to strengthen security and stability", Rouhani told Merkel in a telephone call, according to a statement on the website of Iran's presidency.

Merkel has previously said Germany and its European partners would "do everything" to ensure Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

The deal was brokered after almost 20 months of negotiation between Iran and the United States, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and France, as well as the European Union.

Iran nuclear deal 'not dead' despite United States exit
Describing this as a bad deal, Trump said that the nuclear deal is unlikely to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It eased economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear programme.

Meanwhile, Europe's heavyweight economies took steps yesterday to safeguard their commercial and political interests in Iran, seeking to keep the nuclear deal with Tehran alive after Washington pulled out and said sanctions would follow.

But the chairman of Iran's parliamentary committee on foreign affairs condemned Israel for carrying out the strikes in Syria. It will be German Chancellor [Angela] Merkel's working visit.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a longtime critic of the 2015 accord, announced on May 8 that the United States was pulling out, citing what he said were major flaws.

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