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Iran accuses United States of America of pathological obsession

Angela Merkel Pence rebukes European powers over positions on Iran, Venezuela
Leonard Rios | 19 February, 2019, 04:31

"INSTEX falls short of commitments by the E3 to save the nuclear deal", Zarif said at the conference.

In a speech at a security conference in Munich on Saturday, Pence appeared to pause and wait for applause after mentioning President Donald Trump.

The publication states that "European leaders have always been alarmed that [US] President [Donald] Trump's words and Twitter messages could undo a trans-Atlantic alliance that had grown stronger over seven decades", but "they had clung to the hope that those ties would bear up under the strain".

"President Putin has repeatedly said that we are ready to launch the talks on an extension of the New START".

Zarif also said Iran remains committed to the 2015 nuclear agreement that the USA unilaterally pulled out of previous year, but accused Britain, France and Germany of not doing enough to ensure that Tehran sees economic benefits in sticking to the agreement.

"The time has come for our European partners to stop undermining USA sanctions against this murderous revolutionary regime", Pence said in his speech.

Washington says it will maintain a presence in the region, with Vice-President Mike Pence pledging to carry on the fight.

He added: "We can not ensure the defence of the West if our allies grow dependent on the East".

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"So, when these cars ... are supposed to be a threat to the national security of America, it's a bit of a shock to us", Merkel said, followed by a long ovation.

His speech contrasted sharply with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's robust defense of Germany's foreign trade relations and ties with Russian Federation, urging global leaders meeting in Munich to work together to tackle the world's problems.

She added: "This is a tactical question".

On Nord Stream 2, Merkel said that Europe was already buying Russian gas through other pipelines and declared that "a Russian gas molecule is a Russian gas molecule, no matter whether it comes via Ukraine or through the Baltic Sea".

"It is an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the European Union and create still more distance between Europe and the United States", he said.

She defended plans for a new natural gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany that Pence again criticized.

Freeland also attended a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the gathering, including with U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. "It only expires in 2021, though time flies fast, and we have suggested to the USA that such discussions be launched, considering the necessity to clear up certain issues that we are anxious about", he said.

President Donald Trump's decision to pull USA troops out of Syria angered some allies, confounded US military officials and prompted Jim Mattis to resign as defense secretary.

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