Germany wants to keep Iran nuclear deal, Merkel urges de-escalation

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Iran‘s president that she supports maintaining a big-power nuclear accord, following the withdrawal of the United States, as long as Tehran upholds its side of the deal, her office said on Thursday.

In a telephone call with Hassan Rouhani, Merkel called for talks to be held in a broader format on Iran‘s ballistic missile program and its regional activities – including in Syria and Yemen, her office said in a statement.

She condemned overnight attacks by Iranian forces on Israeli military positions in the Golan Heights, and called on Iran to contribute to de-escalation in the region, the statement added.