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

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Ellis Copeland | 18 May, 2018, 00:40

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal "certainly has weaknesses" but says it should be preserved.

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

Speaking at the lower house of parliament in Berlin, the chancellor recalled that the United Nations member-countries voted for that document, and it took years to agree on the deal.

The best way to address worldwide concern about Iran's role in the region and its ballistic missile programme is within the framework of the nuclear deal.

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"This accord was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council, and therefore we - the UK, France, and Germany - as well as other European Union members along with us, believe that it is wrong to cancel this agreement in this situation", Merkel said during her speech in the German parliament.

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump expected Tehran to leave the deal after the USA withdrawal, but Tehran had refused to follow that plan by trying to save the deal with its remaining signatories.

Zarif said little to reporters Tuesday but suggested he wanted to discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza as well as the nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from last week. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced beginning of its implementation.

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