Putin, Merkel back Iran deal

Germany We will remain committed to nuclear deal

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.

Putin has previously voiced "deep concern" over US President Donald Trump's decision and Russian officials have said they would work with European partners to preserve the agreement.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine, including the possibility of deploying a United Nations mission, Seibert said in the statement.

"I believe it is wrong to unilaterally tear up the agreement, which was agreed on and which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council", Merkel said.

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Merkel also spoke by telephone on May 11 with Russian President Vladimir Putin with efforts to preserve the deal the main topic of discussion, according to both Berlin and Moscow.

In an earlier phone conversation with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the chancellor joined state representatives from France and the United Kingdom in emphasizing that her country remained committed to the terms of the nuclear accord.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Russian Federation in the coming days as part of a diplomatic tour taking in Brussels and Beijing, his spokesman said yesterday.

The deal was brokered after almost 20 months of negotiation between Iran and the United States, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and France, as well as the European Union.

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