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

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country is committed to fulfilling its global responsibilities.

"This agreement is not ideal, but, according to the IAEA, Iran abides by its commitments", the chancellor noted, TASS reports.

"The question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it. we say you can talk better if you remain in it", Merkel told lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament on Wednesday.

The conflict in Syria has taken an enormous scale and can not be settled without the participation of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Europe and other regional powers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

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Von der Leyen said on Monday, however, that the increase outlined by her department would demonstrate to global partners that Germany remained committed to its collective security obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation framework. Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange for removal of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

Merkel described the deal as "everything other than ideal", but argued that global nuclear authorities said Iran was sticking to its commitments.

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.

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