Germany urges U.S. to separate Iran nuclear deal from other issues

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 11, 2018 4:11 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called on the United States to consider the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran as a separate issue from Tehran's ballistic weapons program and its role in Syria's civil war.

Speaking before a meeting with his counterparts from Iran, Britain and France and the European Union's top diplomat, Gabriel said: "We should separate two things from each other: we want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran... and the difficult role Iran has in the region."

Gabriel, who has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. foreign policy since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, said the United States was right to address concerns about Iran's strategy in the Middle East.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)