Angela Merkel says US withdrawal hurts 'global order'

May 11, 2018, 16:14 IST | AP

Germany, France and Britain have vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear agreement alive following the U.S. decision to walk away. Merkel noted in a speech Friday in the western German city of Muenster that it took 12 years of work to put together

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the unilateral US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal undermines confidence in the global order. Germany, France and Britain have vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear agreement alive following the U.S. decision to walk away. Merkel noted in a speech Friday in the western German city of Muenster that it took 12 years of work to put together.

She conceded that "it is certainly anything but the ideal" and acknowledged that there are many other issues of concern with Iran.

Merkel said, "Nevertheless, I think it is not right to unilaterally cancel a deal that was agreed, that was unilaterally approved in the UN Security Council.

That diminishes confidence in the international order." Pointing also to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change, Merkel added: "If we always say that, if we don't like things and we can't achieve a new international order, everyone will do what they feel like, that's bad news for the world."

France's finance minister says European countries should push back harder against the Trump administration over the Iran nuclear deal and not act as "vassals" to the US Bruno Le Maire said Friday on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the US is the "world's economic policeman."

He wants European companies to be able to continue trade with Iran despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to re-impose sanctions.

Le Maire proposed creating a European body that would have the same kind of powers that the US Justice Department has to punish foreign companies for their trade practices.

Trump said the 2015 nuclear deal that allowed for the lifting of sanctions wasn't tough enough on Iran. European countries say Trump's decision will raise the risk of conflict in the region.

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