Merkel condemns United States withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Merkel condemns United States withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to galvanize work in the Normandy format during a telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service reported.

Merkel made the comment while addressing an audience at a Catholic conference in Muenster, according to TASS. She criticized that it was "not right" to unilaterally terminate such an important worldwide agreement.

Earlier on Thursday, German Chancellor proposed new talks with Iran on these disputed issues, in a phone call with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

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After long negotiations, Iran agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing worldwide sanctions. Trump's actions are throwing the multilateral global order into "real crisis", said Merkel, also citing his withdrawal previous year from the Paris climate accord and the USA administration's efforts to sidestep global trade rules. Additionally, she urged Tehran to help de-escalate spiralling conflicts in the Middle East.

The deal had been negotiated between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.

French, British and German representatives are scheduled to hold related emergency talks with their Iranian counterparts on Monday.

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