Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss Iran nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss Iran nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss Iran nuclear deal

Rouhani also brought up US President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull out from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a landmark nuclear deal that Iran signed in 2015 with the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Merkel said the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions was far from ideal, but stressed it should not be "unilaterally terminated" since it had been approved by the UN Security Council.

Mr Macron was in Aachen, Germany to receive his medal, which was given to him for "his vision for a new Europe and reform of the European project", "unrelenting determination and commitment" and "decisive struggle against every form of nationalism and isolationism".

That appears unlikely after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday that licenses for the planemaker and rival Boeing Co (BA.N) to sell passenger jets to Iran would be revoked.

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of the Charlemagne prize award ceremony on May 10 in Aachen, Germany.

"It's time that European countries opened their eyes", Le Maire said on Europe 1 radio. "That means, it is concretely about damage limitation".

Some in Germany say of France, "those people aren't serious, they haven't carried out their reforms", acknowledged Macron, who was elected a year ago. "Do they want to do business with a threat?"

He said he wasn't afraid of saying that it's right to change European Union treaties and carry out reforms to reduce public spending, but "in Germany, there can not be a perpetual fetish for budget and trade surpluses, because they are always achieved at the expense of others".

Ms Merkel said she was in favor of doing more for Germany as a research location and boosting innovation there.

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