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LONDON, April 29 - Britain, France and Germany have agreed
that the nuclear deal that US President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap
remains the best way of stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, British Prime
Minister Theresa May's office said on Sunday.
This comes as a deadline looms next month for Trump to decide on whether to restore US economic sanctions on Tehran
May had phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel where they agreed the deal may need to be broadened to
cover areas such as ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and
what they consider Iran's destabilising regional activity, according a statement.
"They committed to continue working closely together and with the US on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues
that a new deal might cover," the statement reads.
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This comes as a deadline looms next month for Trump to decide on
whether to restore US economic sanctions on Tehran - something which could
destroy the 2015 agreement which lifted some sanctions in exchange for curbs on
Iran's nuclear programme.
Speaking on a whistle-stop Middle East tour on Sunday, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo said Washington would abandon the nuclear deal unless talks
with European partners yield improvements.
"We’ve certainly made some (progress with the Europeans)," he said.
"There is still work to do. They said: 'Great, we willsupport you if you get the
Macron later spoke with President Hassan Rouhani and agreed to work with him in coming weeks to preserve the nuclear deal, his office said in a statement.
The French president also called for discussions on Iran's ballistic
missile programmes, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 and the country's role in
Middle East crises, according to his office, in a conversation that lasted more
than an hour.