Merkel de­fends Iran nu­clear deal, mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism ap­proach

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

MU­NICH — Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel drew 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.

But U.S. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence 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.

Merkel de­fended the deal as an im­por­tant chan­nel to Tehran. Ger­many, Bri­tain, China, France, Russia and the Euro­pean Union have been try­ing to keep the 2015 deal with Iran alive since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulled out of it last year.

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