Iran nuclear accord not ideal, but best to stick with it

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Iran reiterated it would not surrender to U.S. pressure and would resist USA "plots", following President Donald Trump's abandonment of the 2015 agreement last week.

Mogherini says "there was awareness of the urgency" and the four ministers agreed to find some solutions within weeks.

The Iranian nuclear agreement is not ideal, but it is wrong to abandon the deal now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

"But these transatlantic relationship also must be able to deal with differences in opinion, especially as we can see these days with the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran", Merkel added.

Merkel said the Europeans aren't "blind" to threats posed by Iran's activities in Syria to Israel, for example.

The president, who participates in the sessions of the Bundestag for the approval of the 2018 federal budget, said in relation to the JCPOA that 'the question is whether it is convenient to end the agreement or maintain it, and we consider it better to remain in it'.

Trump last week announced he planned to reimpose an array of sanctions lifted by the accord, and the US Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor, three other individuals and an Iraq-based bank.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that "the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his meeting with European Union officials in Brussels had been a good start, but he wanted to see guarantees materialise.

Tehran has accused the U.S. of trying to sabotage efforts to save a nuclear deal between Iran, Russia, Europe and China, following Washington's withdrawal last week from the accord.

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