Merkel: It is not right cancelling "nuclear deal" with Iran now

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German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized in the lower house of parliament (Bundestag), the withdrawal of the United States government from the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The German chancellor echoed sentiments on Wednesday by other major European countries, which maintain that the deal is the most effective way to stop the increasingly influential regional power from obtaining an atomic weapon.

"This agreement is anything but flawless, but Iran complies, according to the IAEA, with its obligations under this deal".

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

Merkel, however, stressed that transatlantic relations should stay unaffected by the United States move, noting the paramount importance of these ties for Germany and its national security interests.

"Despite all the difficulties that we have these days, the transatlantic relationship is and remains paramount", Merkel told lawmakers.

Tehran has accused the USA of trying to sabotage efforts to save a nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, Europe and China, following Washington's withdrawal last week from the accord.

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the pact he branded "the worst deal ever" and reimposed U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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