Germany rejects U.S. call to leave Iran nuclear deal

Monday, 18 Feb, 2019

"We want to show them the rockets that the Americans believe violate the treaty", said Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

He spent much of his speech extolling the virtues of cooperation, worldwide organizations and free trade, popular in Europe, and attacked the dangers of "protectionism", as well as "hegemony and power politics". US pressure is counterproductive.

Yang disputed Pence's warnings that Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies Co. would expose European 5G networks to the risk of espionage and suggested that Europeans deserve more respect from their traditional ally.

"The risk (of war) is great, but the risk will be even greater if you continue to turn a blind eye to severe violations of global law", he said. "People all know where their interests lie, so let there be fewer lecturers". "Actually, the European Union has lost its monopoly on the regional integration agenda", Lavrov said.

Washington's major European allies opposed last year's decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to abandon the deal, which also includes China and Russian Federation, under which global sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for Tehran accepting curbs on its nuclear program.

In his speech Saturday, Pence noted that "Ayatollah Khamenei himself has said, 'It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map".

"We have the regime in Tehran that's breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile antisemitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe", Pence told reporters on Air Force Two before landing in Munich.

Merkel, a key supporter of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran, used to opportunity at the Munich conference with Pence to voice her dismay at Washington's decision to leave the accord.

During his speech, the vice president criticized numerous country's closest allies over their relationship with Iran and Venezuela while also touting Trump's presidency as "remarkable" and "extraordinary". The U.S. administration was also anxious that the pact was an obstacle to efforts to counter intermediate-range missiles deployed by China, which is not covered by the treaty.

"Is it a good thing to immediately remove American troops from Syria, or will it not strengthen Russian Federation and Iran's hand?" "We will continue taking constant action to ensure Israel's security", he said in remarks broadcast on Israeli media. "We need to look into it very carefully".

Still, she reserved her most aggrieved language for the potential USA imposition of tariffs on imports of European automobiles and parts.

Any decision by the USA to label European vehicle and auto-part imports a danger to United States national security would be incomprehensible, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has said.

The investigation, ordered by President Donald Trump in May, is "positive" with respect to the central question of whether the imports "impair" United States national security, said a European auto industry source.

Pence paused for applause after praising Trump for his purported efforts to "strengthen America's military might and to strengthen the leadership of the free world".

The Munich Security Conference is an annual gathering of world leaders and defense and foreign policy officials. "We will be back".

But she added: "It is not entirely easy for me as German chancellor to read that apparently - I don't have it in writing yet - the American Commerce Department says German, European cars are a threat to national security".