Germany told U.S. President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser on Wednesday that Europe remained “very، very united” in supporting a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran because it feared a proliferation of atomic weapons on its doorstep، according to Reuters.
Trump pulled the United States out of the accord earlier this month، shrugging off appeals from Washington’s European allies which argued that the deal had succeeded in curbing Tehran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of sanctions.
Scrapping the deal would allow Iran to resume its nuclear program and this would “massively jeopardize” Europe’s security، German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters after talks with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.
“Europe is very، very united in its position on the nuclear accord with Iran، and that will not change... We don’t want a proliferation of nuclear weapons in our expanded neighborhood،” Maas said.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Trump’s rejection of the nuclear deal showed that the Islamic Republic could not deal with a country that could not keep its commitments.
Maas، who was due to meet later on Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo، described his talks with Bolton، known for his hawkish views on Iran، as frank but constructive.