Merkel Says Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal Harms Trust in Global Order

Macron will give a speech in Aachen about “the European promise” | Etienne Laurent  AFP via Getty Images

Macron will give a speech in Aachen about “the European promise” | Etienne Laurent AFP via Getty Images

Merkel has previously said Germany and its European partners would "do everything" to ensure Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, while Putin has voiced "deep concern" at the United States decision.

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel has condemned the decision of USA president Donald Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord on Friday. The leaders discussed the situation in the Donbas and in the Crimea and sanctions against Russian Federation for its aggression against Ukraine.

Merkel said earlier Friday that it was not right to unilaterally annul the nuclear deal, which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council.

The Russian president also spoke with his Turkish counterpart Erdogan, with the pair saying Trump was "wrong" to pull out of the accord, according to a Turkish presidential source late Thursday.

Foreign Ministers from the European Union member countries are expected to hold a crisis meeting with Iran in London on Monday in a bid to save the deal. Trump's actions are throwing the multilateral global order into "real crisis", said Merkel, also citing his withdrawal a year ago from the Paris climate accord and the US administration's efforts to sidestep global trade rules.

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