EU backs under-fire Iran nuclear pact at Brussels talks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says deal is “a crucial agreement that makes the world safer

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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel and European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini after meeting Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (unseen) in Brussels, Belgium January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Brussels: European Union foreign ministers say a key agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions must be preserved as US President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull out of the pact.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday that the deal is “a crucial agreement that makes the world safer.”

His remarks came ahead of talks in Brussels between ministers from Britain, France and Germany and their Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the EU wants to preserve the deal “because it is in our interest not to develop or to see that nuclear weapons are developed in Iran.”

Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of international economic sanctions. Trump has said he would consider scrapping the deal.


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