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Merkel in China, says Berlin, Beijing support Iran nuclear deal

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Thursday, 24 May, 2018, 15:15
Merkel in China, says Berlin, Beijing support Iran nuclear deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Berlin and Beijing, both signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, are standing by the multilateral accord after Washington’s withdrawal.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the deal is officially called, “is far from ideal but other options are even less stable,” Merkel said during a joint press conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday.

“That is why we will continue to respect this agreement,” she added.

Germany and China have both decried US President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the JCPOA and are trying to find ways to protect the companies doing business with Iran from American sanctions.

Angela Merkel further highlighted Beijing’s future role to fill in the trade vacuum after the re-imposition of economic bans against Iran.

“Sanctions will likely lead some European companies to pull out of Iran,” she added.