Merkel defends Iran nuclear deal, multilateralism approach
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.