Trump, Merkel dis­cuss Iran’s ‘ma­lign’ ac­tiv­i­ties

The US Pres­i­dent con­grat­u­lated her for win­ning a fourth term as Ger­man chan­cel­lor and wished her well in the for­ma­tion of the gov­ern­ment

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US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump has called An­gela Merkel to con­grat­u­late her on win­ning a fourth term as Ger­man chan­cel­lor and dis­cussed how to counter Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions and ‘ma­lign’ ac­tiv­i­ties in the Mid­dle East.

Trump dur­ing the call wished her well in the for­ma­tion of the gov­ern­ment, the White House of­fi­cials said.

He un­der­scored the deep ties that bind the two na­tions, their joint ef­forts to pro­mote peace and pros­per­ity, and US com­mit­ment to their long­stand­ing, strong al­liance with the Ger­man gov­ern­ment and its peo­ple.

Among other things, they dis­cussed how to counter Iran’s ‘ma­lign’ ac­tiv­i­ties in the Mid­dle East. The US ac­cuses Iran of spread­ing ter­ror­ism in the Mid­dle East.

Trump has been crit­i­cis­ing Iran and the land­mark 2015 nu­clear deal ne­go­ti­ated by his pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama in con­junc­tion with other world pow­ers.

The agree­ment cur­tailed Tehran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions in ex­change for lift­ing pun­ish­ing West­ern sanc­tions.

Trump has called the deal ‘an em­bar­rass­ment’. Trump and Merkel also ad­dressed the nu­clear deal and Iran’s mis­sile pro­gramme, and its non-com­pli­ance with the UN.

Trump has un­til Oc­to­ber 16 to cer­tify to Congress that Iran is com­ply­ing. Then Congress would have 60 days to de­cide whether to reim­pose sanc­tions on Tehran. They also af­firmed the im­por­tance of achiev­ing the peace­ful de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, the White House said.

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Ger­many’s Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel ar­rives at the Tallinn Dig­i­tal Sum­mit in Tallinn, Es­to­nia on Fri­day.

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