Merkel: Europe no longer relies on the United States

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Rouhani did not mention Israel's strikes Thursday against what the Jewish state said were Iranian targets in Syria, or those against the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

President Macron is in Germany to receive the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen, but also in the aftermath of President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Dr Merkel called for restraint from both countries.

The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a key 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, a move Israel had long advocated.

The main problem in doing business with Iran is the reluctance of global banks to finance business deals. They then called on the United States to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA could remain intact, and to avoid taking action which may obstruct its full implementation by all other parties to the deal.

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Germany, France and Britain will "do everything" to ensure that Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Wednesday, a day after the USA pulled out of the accord.

According to the BGA, trade topped 3.4 billion euros (4.0 billion dollars) in 2017, with Iran benefiting more than German exporters, on account of its oil exports.

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The official said discussions with US authorities would include the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which is tasked with overseeing USA economic sanctions. "The German government and the EU are called on to protect EU-Iranian trade and to restore the confidence that has been lost", it said.

"President Trump said himself last night that he is committed to finding a new solution and we should hold him to his word", he added.

Trump has also warned European companies to pull out of Iran or face sanctions.

Trump's national security advisor John Bolton said European firms doing business in Iran now have a six-month deadline to wind up investments or risk American sanctions.

Macron is only now realizing that the two parties in the German governing coalition are weak, and that "they can even be seen as the [October election's] main losers", said a European diplomat. However, all failed to reach an agreement with the US President.

The VCI chemical industry association called for the deal to be adhered to.

The VDMA mechanical engineering industry association said the ball was now in Iran's court.

In the short-term perspective, both Iran and other members of the nuclear deal will continue to adhere to the 2015 agreement, but the unilateral USA decision paves way for Iran to more actively pursue its ballistic missile program as well as strengthen its involvement in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. German-Iranian commerce has soared by 42 percent since sanctions were loosened in 2016, gradually returning to levels last experienced in the decade between 2000 and 2010.

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