Iran nuclear accord not ideal, but best to stick with it

Iran nuclear accord not ideal, but best to stick with it

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended plans by her federal government to increase defense spending in Germany on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump announced last week the USA would pull out of the 2015 accord, which is created to keep Tehran's nuclear ambitions in check and took over a decade to negotiate. "This accord was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council, and therefore we - the UK, France, and Germany - as well as other European Union members along with us, believe that it is wrong to cancel this agreement in this situation", Merkel said during her speech in the German parliament.

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

Tehran has accused the USA of trying to sabotage efforts to save a nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, Europe and China, following Washington's withdrawal last week from the accord.

Iran has described the sanctions as illegal and has warned that if talks to rescue the accord fail, it would ramp up its nuclear programme to a level more advanced.

"They think they can make the Iranian nation surrender by putting pressures on Iran, by sanctions and even threats of war. The Iranian nation will resist the US plots", Iranian news agencies quoted Rohani as saying. "I hope we see good results, but. we should become self-sufficient", Ali Akbar Velayati said, Fars news agency reported. France and Britain have also pledged to uphold the deal provided Iran keeps up its side of the bargain.

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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