German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal while speaking at the 101st German Catholic Congress in Munster on Friday.

“The Nuclear Agreement with Iran is a fundamental concern; it is the result of 12 years of work and a long diplomatic process. It is anything but ideal. But in Iran there are many other issues of great concern,” said Merkel.

“Despite that, what I believe is that it is not right when an agreement which was arranged, which was voted in by the UNSC, can be let down by one side. It damages trust,” she added.

Merkel also offered her unequivocal backing to Israel as tensions rise between Tehran and Tel Aviv, saying: “We stand by, trust and support Israel’s right to exist and its security, it is fully in the Germany’s national interest due to our history.”

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