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The Latest: Germany takes ‘very seriously’ US info on Iran


FILE - In this May 8, 2018 file photo President Donald Trump shows a signed Presidential Memorandum after delivering a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Iran said Monday, June 17, 2019, it will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)



The Latest on developments as the U.S. and Iran edge toward a flashpoint amid escalation in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):


9:35 a.m.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) says her country is taking “very seriously” the new U.S. information about Iran’s alleged responsibility for attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf.


Merkel says “there’s a high-level of evidence. But that won’t stop me from saying we have to do everything to solve the conflict situation with Iran in a peaceful manner.”


Iran denies the U.S. accusation.



She says Germany is in close contact with the United States and “will do everything to impress on all sides, but especially to make clear to Iran, that this serious situation mustn’t be aggravated.”


Merkel also says Germany wants Iran to abide by the 2015 nuclear accord, adding that “if that isn’t the case that will of course have consequences.”



AP News

18th June 2019

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