- Munich Brawl: Pence Clashes with Merkel and Mogherini Over Iran Deal, Russian Pipeline
US Vice President Mike Pence went full throttle in Munich as he rolled out a list of Washington’s demands to the EU, clashing with Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brussels’ Federica Mogherini on Iran and Russia.
EU nations must “stop undermining US sanctions” against Iran, Pence told the audience at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday, urging European allies to follow the American lead in ditching the deal on the Iranian nuclear program.
He had earlier blasted EU countries for not being “cooperative” with Washington’s push to pressure Iran. The US unilaterally pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, citing mistrust towards the Islamic Republic and accusing it of threatening global security. Iran denied the allegations, while Washington’s move was condemned by the EU, China and Russia.