Feb 16, 2019, 12:28 PM
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Germany turns down US' demand to quit Iran deal

Tehran, Feb 16, IRNA – Germany's minister of state at the Federal Foreign Office rejected US' demand for the Europeans to withdraw from the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reported a German media.

'We need to press Iran, though we also need the cooperation in the framework of this international deal,' said Minister of State Niels Annen who led the German delegation in the US-led Warsaw conference named 'Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East,' according to t-online.

Annen added that Europe will both keep the JCPOA and pressure Iran simultaneously.

The US Vice President Mike Pence said he had wanted the European signatories of the internationally-approved JCPOA to quit the deal; he criticized the UK, Germany and France's support for the deal and their continuing trade with Iran after US sanctioned the country.

Because German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas avoided attending the Warsaw meeting, some observers see it as Germany's opposition with the event.

European leaders, including EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini , have repeatedly criticized the US for having left the deal and said that they support it because it helps security and peace of the world and the region.

They also took some steps to keep trade with Iran though the US strongly opposed that.

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