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EU countries agree Iran deal 'not perfect': Merkel

AFP  |  Sofia 

German said today that EU countries agreed the nuclear deal was "not perfect" but insisted it should be preserved, after the US withdrawal threw the accord into doubt.

EU leaders meeting in have backed a "united" approach to keeping the deal alive after US pulled out and reimposed sanctions, complaining the accord did nothing to stop Iran's ballistic missile programme or interference in conflicts.

"Everyone in the shares the view that the agreement is not perfect, but that we should remain in this agreement and conduct further negotiations with on the basis of other issues such as the ballistic missile programme," Merkel said as she arrived for the summit.

French said the bloc was working to keep the existing agreement alive "so that our businesses can remain" in

This effort would run alongside work to "pursue negotiations on a vital broader agreement," Macron said.

"The 2015 agreement needs to be completed by a nuclear agreement beyond 2025, an agreement on ballistic activities and (Iran's) regional presence," Macron said.

has warned it is prepared to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless can provide solid guarantees that it can maintain the economic benefits it gained from the nuclear agreement despite reimposing sanctions.

EU experts have begun work drawing up measures to shield the deal from US sanctions, focusing on nine key issues including ensuring Iran can sell its and have access to international

But given the global reach of US sanctions it is not clear how effective these measures can be, or whether the EU will try to leverage them as a with

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 15:45 IST