China must be involved in global disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, amid rising concern about Beijing's missile arsenal and the suspension of a key US-Russia arms treaty. She lamented the split between the US and Europe on Iran and raised common European and USA worries about Iran's role in Syria and Yemen and its missile program.
Iran's foreign minister is blasting the United States' "unhealthy fixation" with his country and condemning the Trump administration's efforts to press European countries to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Tehran. "INSTEX falls short of the commitments by (European countries) to save the nuclear deal".
The U.S. -led liberal world order is falling apart, according to the organizers of a gathering of world leaders and defense chiefs in Germany that has met annually since the Cold War.
Fearing a nuclear arms race between China, Russia and the United States after the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which the United States is withdrawing from, Merkel made her call for a global treaty. "The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal".
Pence also reiterated to her Washington's opposition to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under construction between Russian Federation and Germany under the Baltic Sea.
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Ivanka Trump is said to be working hard behind the scenes in Washington DC to implement her paid family leave initiative - and she certainly didn't shy away from the spotlight in Munich this week either. She said she told Grassley, the chair of the U.S. Senate finance committee, that now a new trade pact has been reached with Washington, the tariffs should be lifted.
On the 2015 refugee crisis that saw hundreds of thousands of Syrians crossing into Europe, Ms Merkel said that while the massive response from the German people had been good there needs to be more government-led, structural approaches. The US said it would leave in six months unless Russian Federation returned to compliance with the agreement, while Moscow has refuted all allegations of breaching the accord.
In his roving address, Pence also stepped up USA pressure on Chinese telecoms gear companies such as Huawei Technologies Co, urging allies to avoid the firms and saying Chinese law requires them to give Beijing access to networks and data.
"There's nothing that speaks against getting gas from the United States, but to exclude Russian Federation is the wrong strategic signal", she said.
Merkel also dismissed US calls to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would carry Russian gas to Germany directly across the Baltic Sea.