Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Germany rejects USA call to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

Germany rejects USA call to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal

Tehran says the attack was in retaliation for the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad last week.

But the regime fears massive reprisals from the USA if they hit back too hard and this week's missile attack on United States bases in Iraq caused no casualties. The session was called by EU Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

Tehran responded earlier this week with missile strikes at US bases and announced it would no longer respect limits set under the 2015 nuclear deal on how many centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium, fuelling fears Iran could quickly start building a nuclear arsenal.

The EU's reinforced commitment to the deal comes as tensions spiked after the U.S. killed Iran's key military operative Qassim Suleimani last week.

The German government today dismissed the call by President Donald Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015 by the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and Germany.

Under the deal, Tehran had agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of most worldwide sanctions.

President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the deal in May 2018, saying it was insufficient and should be renegotiated as it does not affect Iran's ballistic missile program or its involvement in regional conflicts.

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This meeting takes place against the backdrop of the looming threat of a new round of tensions between Iran and the West. The leadership is also struggling to keep the crippled economy afloat under rigorous USA sanctions.

Trump said on Wednesday that "the time has come" for other nations to "break away from the remnants of the Iran deal, or JCPOA, and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place".

Johnson has sought to largely back President Trump over his decision to approve the killing of Suleimani in a drone-launched rocket attack as he left Baghdad airport, which Labour have warned does not appear justified under global law. Blaming the USA decision to withdraw, Le Drian said Iran could get access to atomic weapons within "one or two years" if the deal continues to lose its substance.

The European Union needs to adopt stances independent of Washington and prevent Iran's total disappointment with the Europeans, Rouhani added.

EU Council president Charles Michel on Thursday (9 January) urged Iran to comply with the 2015 nuclear deal in a phone call with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, and urged the EU to have a more assertive foreign policy.

France and Germany have warned for some time that unless Iran returns to full compliance with the terms of the deal, they may trigger the dispute mechanism.

Europe's leaders hope to lead the United States and Iran away from the confrontation, knowing that a miscalculation on both sides could result in a devastating war and a serious nuclear proliferation crisis.

In December, signatories considered the United States the main cause of tensions with Iran. The Iran Deal. It was just something that it is no good for our country.

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