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    Germany Hopes Trump to Backtrack on Iran, Climate Threats - German Lawmaker

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    Senior German lawmaker said that Germany hopes US President-elect Donald Trump will not make good on his threats to tear up deals on climate and Iran’s nuclear program.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Germany hopes US President-elect Donald Trump will not make good on his threats to tear up deals on climate and Iran’s nuclear program, a senior German lawmaker said Thursday.

    "For us, the outcome of the elections (in the US) was a surprise… Now we hope that not all of what was said, will be implemented," Gernot Erler, a member of Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, said.

    Gernot said Berlin had serious concerns about Trump walking out of the six-party agreement with Tehran to roll back its nuclear research in exchange for sanctions easing.

    "For 12 years we had been negotiating [the] nuclear deal with Iran. Now we ask ourselves will the US walk out [of] this deal or not," Erler said in Moscow during a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Konstantin Kosachev.

    During his election campaign, the Republican called the historic pact with Iran a disaster. He also used to criticize warnings about global warming, saying this was a Chinese hoax, and speculated about ending US participation in the Paris climate deal on carbon emissions.


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