French President Emmanuel Macron used “harsh words” when he said that the North Atlantic Alliance was in a coma, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. NATO is essential for security in Europe, Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg expressed their disagreement with the point of view of French President Emmanuel Macron, who said that NATO is experiencing a “brain death.”
Macron used “harsh words” to describe the situation in the Alliance, Merkel said at a joint press conference with Stoltenberg in Berlin on November 7, Associated Press reported.
According to Merkel, she has a different point of view. “NATO remains the foundation of our security,” she said.
Stoltenberg said on Twitter that the North Atlantic Alliance is needed for security in Europe.
“It’s always nice to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany plays a leading role in our Alliance. We agree that strong NATO is essential for peace and security in Europe and that we must continue to invest in order to keep NATO strong,” he wrote.
Iran receives the first batch of enriched uranium
All work at the Fordo nuclear facility is under the supervision of IAEA experts, Iranian media say.
Iran received the first batch of enriched uranium at an underground nuclear facility in Fordo after a break since the conclusion of the nuclear deal in July 2015. This was reported by Mehr agency on Thursday, November 7th.
The gas supply to centrifuges and the production of enriched uranium began in the first minutes of Thursday, “the report said.
This is the first batch of uranium obtained after the resumption of operation of the facility as part of the next phase of reducing Iran’s fulfillment of its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPA) on the nuclear program.
The work is carried out under the supervision of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the agency notes.
It became known the day before that Iran began to pump two tons of uranium hexafluoride into centrifuges at a nuclear facility in Fordo. This actually means the beginning of the fourth stage to reduce Tehran’s obligations under the nuclear deal.
In turn, the United States condemned Iran’s decision to resume uranium enrichment at an underground facility in Fordo and threatened Tehran with “maximum pressure”.