German leader argues for preserving Iran deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal “certainly has weaknesses” but says it should be preserved.
Merkel said in a speech to a labor union congress in Berlin that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 agreement marked “a shift in German-American, in European-American relations.”
She added: “Britain, France and Germany were of the opinion that the agreement against Iran’s nuclear armament is an agreement that certainly has weaknesses, but an agreement we should stand by.”
Merkel said the Europeans aren’t “blind” to threats posed by Iran’s activities in Syria to Israel, for example. “But we still think that, with the agreement, we would have better preconditions to speak with Iran about further agreements than by unilaterally canceling an agreement that was unanimously approved and endorsed in the U.N. Security Council.”