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Merkel expresses concern over nuclear program in rare call with Rouhani

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a rare telephone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in which she voices her “concern” over Tehran’s non-compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact, her spokesman says.

“She expressed her concern that Iran continues to fail to meet its obligations under the nuclear agreement,” her spokesman Steffen Seibert says in a statement.

The chancellor also says that “now was the time for positive signals that create trust and increase the chances of a diplomatic solution,” he adds.

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters Sept. 24, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)
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