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

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Iran nuclear accord helped concerned world leaders in dealing with the Islamic Republic, pushing back against Washington's rejection of the deal.

Federica Mogherini said the ministers shared a willingness to "arrive at practical solutions" for keeping the 2015 deal going despite the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to abandon the agreement.

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.

Merkel reasserted a defence of the deal in remarks to lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament. "But we still think that, with the agreement, we would have better preconditions to speak with Iran about further agreements than by unilaterally canceling an agreement that was unanimously approved and endorsed in the U.N. Security Council".

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

The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most worldwide sanctions in 2016 in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme, under strict surveillance by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on May 16 that Tehran will not flag under US pressure.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that "the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it".

She said situation will not improve after Washington's withdrawal from the deal.

"Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency. "The Iranian nation will resist the USA plots", Iranian news agencies quoted Rohani as saying.

"I doubt that the talks with the Europeans will be fruitful".

He was due to hold talks later in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.

At meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels on May 15, the European signatories vowed to keep the JCPOA alive despite the USA withdrawal.

The Europeans and Iranians have tasked experts to come up with measures quickly and will meet again in Vienna next week.

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