The top advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said he doubted Tehran's talks with European nations to save the deal would be successful. While reiterating earlier criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord, Merkel however argued that close transatlantic relations in this context retained value regardless of recent disagreements between the European Union (EU) and the Trump administration.
Canceling nuclear deal between world powers and Iran would be wrong, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in German Parliament on May 16.
"The question is whether you can talk better if you terminate an agreement or if you stay in it. we say you can talk better if you remain in it", she said.More news: CBS adds revival of 'Murphy Brown' and new take on 'Magnum PI'
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on May 16 that Tehran will not flag under US pressure.
For her part, Sahra Wagenknecht, president of the opposition Left Party (Die Linke), supported Merkel's position on the JCPOA and said that 'we have demanded a more autonomous and independent policy from the United States, and we are happy that we are no longer alone on that position'.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that "the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it".More news: Turkish banker in Iran sanctions case faces sentencing
"They think they can make the Iranian nation surrender by putting pressure on Iran, through sanctions and even threats of war".
President Donald Trump announced last week the USA would pull out of the 2015 accord, which is created to keep Tehran's nuclear ambitions in check and took over a decade to negotiate. "The Iranian nation will resist the USA plots", Iranian news agencies quoted Rohani as saying.
He was due to hold talks later in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.More news: Bumrah overshadows Rahul, Tye heroics to keep MI alive