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Merkel: Germany standing by Iran nuclear treaty for now

May 2, 2018

FILE - In this Monday, April 30 2018, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents material on Iran’s purported nuclear program in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu displayed what he said was a trove of Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence. The Mossad, long shrouded in mystery and mythology, is legendary in international intelligence circles for being behind what are believed to be some of the most daring covert operations. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the nuclear treaty with Iran should be preserved, but urged Israel to quickly share the purported new intelligence about Tehran’s nuclear program with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Merkel says related issues can be discussed “in addition” to the nuclear accord, citing Tehran’s influence in Syria, its ballistic missile program and what happens after parts of the 2015 treaty expire.

President Donald Trump wants to nix the treaty negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. Israel has also strongly criticized the accord and presented new intelligence this week alleging Iran concealed a nuclear weapons program.

Merkel told reporters on Wednesday that “it’s very important the information which came from Israel is made available to the IAEA very quickly so that an examination can take place there.”

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