Putin, Merkel highlight importance of preserving Iran deal

US can't be'economic policeman of the planet, France says

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken with Germany's Angela Merkel and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bid to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive after the U.S. decision to withdraw, the Kremlin said yesterday.

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 global agreement.

US President Donald Trump this week defied the wishes of world powers when he announced that Washington would withdraw from the historic nuclear accord and impose new sanctions on Tehran.

"[They] discussed the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the wake of the United States' unilateral withdrawal from it and pointed to the fundamental importance of preserving the JCPOA from the perspective of worldwide and regional security", the press service said, adding that the phone call was initiated by the German side.




Merkel said the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions was far from ideal, but stressed it should not be "unilaterally terminated" since it had been approved by the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, Washington, together with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has already re-activated the first economic sanctions against Iran.

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

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