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Merkel, EU Leaders Cling to Iran Nuclear Deal

Merkel, EU Leaders Cling to Iran Nuclear Deal

BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday it would be wrong to cancel the nuclear agreement with Iran, highlighting it as one of her main differences of opinion between Berlin and Washington.

France and Britain have also pledged to uphold the deal provided Iran keeps up its side of the bargain.

“This agreement is anything but ideal,” she told lawmakers, but noted that the U.N. nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran is abiding by its terms.

“That’s why we, Britain, France, Germany but also the members of the European Union, believe it’s not right to cancel this agreement in this situation now,” said Merkel, adding that concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile program and its destabilizing influence in the region could best be discussed with Tehran by preserving the deal.

Merkel told lawmakers that Germany’s economy is on a good path and the government plans to increase its spending on defense and scientific research to ensure the country can meet the security challenges of the future and remain a leading industrial power.

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