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Merkel: nuclear deal with Iran is not enough

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – A nuclear deal with Iran is not enough to contain Tehran’s ambitions in the Middle East region, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news conference with US President Donald Trump.

“From the German point of view, the agreement is not enough to make sure that Iran’s ambitions are limited and restrained,” Merkel said, adding that Europe and the United States should be united on this issue.

“The Iranian regime fuels violence, sheds blood throughout the region, and we must ensure that this deadly regime does not even get close to nuclear weapons so that Iran stops distributing its dangerous missiles and supporting terrorism,” Donald Trump, in turn, said.

Donald Trump previously stated that the nuclear agreement with Iran, which was concluded in 2015, is one of the worst deals. The Iranian authorities have repeatedly threatened to break the deal if Washington comes out of it.

French President Emmanuel Macron said during his visit to Washington that Paris will not quit the current agreement, but is ready to revise the document.

In July 2015, Iran signed the Comprehensive Plan of Action Agreement (JCPOA) with the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States and France. It implies a reduction in the level of enrichment of uranium in Iran in exchange for lifting the sanctions of the countries of the West.