Iran nuclear accord not ideal, but best to stick with it

Германия планирует расходы на оборону

Canceling nuclear deal between world powers and Iran would be wrong, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in German Parliament on May 16.

The best way to address worldwide concern about Iran's role in the region and its ballistic missile programme is within the framework of the nuclear deal. "But we still think that, with the agreement, we would have better preconditions to speak with Iran about further agreements than by unilaterally canceling an agreement that was unanimously approved and endorsed in the U.N. Security Council".

The statement came a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the JCPOA despite the fact that Iran remained in compliance with the deal as verified by the IAEA in 11 inspection reports.

Iran meanwhile said the new United States sanctions were an attempt to derail efforts to save the deal.

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Iran has described the sanctions as illegal and has warned that if talks to rescue the accord fail, it would ramp up its nuclear programme to a level more advanced.

Rohani was speaking a day after Washington announced fresh sanctions on the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, accusing him of providing support for terrorist activities. "The Iranian nation will resist against the USA plots", Rouhani was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.

"The civil war in Syria and the fight against Islamic terrorism have escalated into a regional conflict of an enormous scale, which can not be resolved without Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and, I would say, Europe", Merkel said in the Bundestag. France and Britain have also pledged to uphold the deal provided Iran keeps up its side of the bargain.

At meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels on May 15, the European signatories vowed to keep the JCPOA alive despite the USA withdrawal.

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