Canceling a nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran would be wrong, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, adding that the us withdrawal from the deal was among several pieces of “troubling news” that had occurred recently.
Merkel defended this Wednesday before the legislators the validity and importance of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 between Iran and six worldwide powers (China, United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, and Germany). “It’s not right to cancel this agreement in this situation now”, she said.
According to Merkel, there are some points of contention in relations between the European Union and Tehran, including Iran’s ballistic missile program.
The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most global sanctions in 2016 in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme, under strict surveillance by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.
On Tuesday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that after talks with the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Iran in Brussels, the sides had agreed to work out practical solutions in response to the USA withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, within the next few weeks.
The top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said he doubted Tehran’s talks with European nations to save the deal would be successful.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that “the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it”.
The US has announced new sanctions on Iran, including on the country’s central bank head.
He was due to hold talks later in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.