Merkel denounces Iran attack on Israeli positions

"It's about war and peace": Merkel urges restraint in Middle East

"And I can only call on all sides to exercise restraint here", Merkel said during a ceremony awarding Macron the Charlemagne Prize for strengthening European Union integration.

The 2015 deal, worked out by the United States, France and four other worldwide powers as well as Iran, eased sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program. Germany, France and Britain will "do everything" to ensure that Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed during the meeting, a day after the United States pulled out of the accord.

On Wednesday the U.S. ambassador to Germany warned German companies to cease trading in Iran "immediately". "Don't be weak", he said. "We made the choice to build peace in the Middle East".

Merkel too underlined that Europe can no longer count on the United States.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe needs to take his own destiny into their own hands and not rely on U.S. protection.

But she also underlined that disagreements still dog many proposals for further integration of the bloc.

Joint comprehensive plan of action approved in July 2015.

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"There are areas beyond the (nuclear) accord that we must talk about", she said.

But crucially, the German leader was silent on Macron's call for a common eurozone budget.

But Germany is wary of any plan that potentially draw resources from richer countries to bail out struggling ones. "Other powers. haven't kept their word", Macron said, without naming a country directly.

Washington has already warned that European companies will be subject to fresh sanctions against Tehran, setting a six-month deadline to end any business in Iran or risk heavy penalties.

Paris and Berlin might be about to deliver a Eurozone reform plan at an European Union summit in Brussels toward the end of June, but German are far from convinced by Mr Macron's proposals.

But it is now time for "Germany to draw up its response by June" on proposed European reforms, Macron said.

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