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Usa, Pompeo: new nuclear deal with Iran is possible

The US Secretary of State met Angela Merkel in Berlin

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Mass in an official visit to Berlin. He has spoken with the German government about the question of military spending, the situation in the Middle East, and above all Iran. "We are ready to sign an agreement with Iran if they are willing to guarantee that they won't develop the possibilities to build the nuclear weapon, which is a threat to peace", Pompeo said in an interview with the German newspaper "Rheinische Post". A year ago Donald Trump unilaterally came out of the Iranian nuclear agreement (PACG) signed in 2015, which instead continued to be supported by Germany and France, calling it the worst ever negotiated in history. The United States reintroduced the sanctions, even secondary ones, which imposed the embargo on the oil and banking sector against the Islamic Republic.

In May, Iran, which was formally still supporting the treaty, announced its partial exit. Through economic pressure the Trump administration aims to push Tehran to sit at the negotiating table. "The Iranian missile program is developing, the nuclear agreement has not changed anything", said Pompeo. A few days ago Iranian President Rouhani declared that Tehran does not exclude the possibility of starting negotiations with the US, but only if Washington will observe the conditions set by the 2015 treaty.

Among the dossiers at the center of the conversation with Merkel, also the possible  support of German aviation to establish a protection zone for Kurds in northern Syria. The US Secretary of State then insisted on increasing Germany's military spending for NATO to 2% of GDP: "It is absolutely necessary for everyone to contribute to NATO. There is no doubt that the threats are real. Germany has taken on this commitment and the German government owes the people respect and its contribution to the joint international defense effort".

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