EU Must Delineate How it Will Secure Iran's Interests: Iran President

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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.

It will be recalled that Naija news reported the decision of the U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday where the United States government withdrew from the 2015 deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for measures restricting its nuclear program.

According to Merkel's official spokesperson Steffen Seibert, the German chancellor proposed new talks addressing Iran's ballistic missile program as a potential means to salvage the deal. Most recently, Trump's decision to pull out of a major nuclear energy and arms control deal with Iran has earned him criticism from Germany and other European nations, including Russian Federation, that support the deal. He called for the creation of a body to monitor the implementation of European Union sanctions rules.

Ms Merkel said it might still be possible to "achieve something" in Europe in this field but added that businesses would need to be willing.

French exports to Iran doubled to 1.5 billion euros ($1.79 billion) past year, driven by jets and aircraft and automobile parts, according to customs data.

In Berlin, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Germany was ready to give help to its affected firms, including legal advice, to continue doing business in Iran. Around 120 German firms have operations with their own staff in Iran, including Siemens (SIEGn.DE), and some 10,000 German companies trade with Iran. Grenell told Bild newspaper.

He also used the occasion to criticise Germany for economic policy choices which he said had harmed other states and to urge it to go further in supporting changes in the EU. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.

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