Trump, Merkel discuss to counter Iran’s ‘malign’ activities

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets U.S. President Donald Trump on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/POOL
Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump has called Angela Merkel to congratulate her on winning a fourth term as German chancellor and discussed how to counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions and ‘malign’ activities in the Middle East.Trump during the call wished her well in the formation the government, the White House officials said.He underscored the deep ties that bind the two nations, their joint efforts to promote peace and prosperity, and US commitment to their longstanding, strong alliance with the German government and its people.
Trump has been criticising Iran and the landmark 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama in conjunction with other world powers.The agreement curtailed Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting punishing Western sanctions. Trump has called the deal “an embarrassment.”Trump and Merkel also addressed the nuclear deal and Iran’s missile programme, and its non-compliance with the UN.
They also affirmed the importance of achieving the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, the White House said.Trump and Merkel frequently talk to each other on a wide range of bilateral and global issues.Trump had called her before the elections to wish her.