Merkel de­fends Iran deal, but Pence re­sists

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel drew lengthy ap­plause Satur­day for her spir­ited de­fense of a mul­ti­lat­eral ap­proach to global af­fairs and sup­port for Eu­rope’s de­ci­sion to stand by a nu­clear deal with Iran.

U.S. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence was not among the im­pressed, how­ever, and he dou­bled down on Amer­i­can crit­i­cism of Eu­rope.

Merkel’s com­ments at the Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence, an an­nual gath­er­ing of world lead­ers and top global de­fense and for­eign pol­icy of­fi­cials, fol­lowed days of ac­ri­mony be­tween the U.S. and Eu­rope over Iran.

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