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Merkel denounces Iran attack on Israeli positions

Trump Macron Call For'New Nuclear Deal With Iran "It's about war and peace": Merkel urges restraint in Middle East
Ray Hunter | 11 May, 2018, 04:32

Europe must take its destiny into its own hands, said Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can no longer count on the United States for military protection and must "take its destiny into its own hands". She stated this on Thursday in Aachen, Agence France Press, writes the Chronicle.info with reference on the European truth.

"It's no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us", Merkel said, according to a live broadcast by Deutsche Welle on Periscope.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the 2015 accord restricting Iran's nuclear activities this week, saying it's flawed. Their discussion on Tuesday came as Britain, Germany, France and a senior European Union official met Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi in Brussels and "used this opportunity to reiterate their support to the continued full and effective implementation of the (deal) by all sides", the bloc said in a statement. "And it will be existentially necessary to make progress here because the nature of conflicts has completely changed since the end of the Cold War".

Trump says he will speak with China's Xi
The top leaders of China and North Korea have had a second meeting, close on the heels of their first summit from March 25-28. The Chinese foreign ministry would not confirm or deny that a North Korean official had visited the country.

Since becoming French president, Mr Macron has sought to promote European integration with a range of measures including a joint military rapid reaction force. "That's the task for the future".

The statement said Merkel condemned the overnight attacks on Israeli positions "and called on Iran to contribute to de-escalation in the region".

Both Macron and Merkel spoke with Trump about maintaining the deal in the weeks leading up to his announcement, even going so far as to lay out a four-point plan for restructuring the agreement as Trump said he wished to do.

"It is clear that last night's incidents are part of a new context in the Middle East, where what we feared happening is becoming reality: the Syrian and Iranian issues are becoming intertwined", Le Drian told BFM TV. "We made the choice to build peace in the Middle East".

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