"It's time for our European partners to get out of an Iranian nuclear deal and join us when we bring the economic diplomatic pressure needed to give the Iranian people, region and peace peace, security and freedom they deserve Pence."
In contrast, Merkel, who spoke at the conference about thirty minutes before Pence, called the Iranian treaty "another bone of division that divides" Europe and the United States.
"I see Europeans, on the one hand, and Americans from the other side, "Merkel said to the confer ntsiyi.
"But is it good for our common goal to ensure that this negative impact on Iran contained canceling the entire agreement? "she asked." Or we can use it as a lesser lever to put pressure on other issues? "
None of the leaders took part in the comments of each other at the conference, but they held a bilateral meeting immediately after that.
Pensa told reporters after the meeting that their talks had been "frank" for an agreement with Iran
. Pens also held several other bilateral meetings at the conference, including with the Secretary-General NATO by Jens Stoltenberg and President Ashraf Ghana in Afghanistan
In his remarks, Pence also defended criticism of the United States, reminding of a conversation with a leader who was worried that the Trump Administration would represent a moment, hen America retreat from its commitments & # 39; commitments.
"Remember, he said that Europe needs America to be the leader of the free world," Penn remembered. "I told him that I respect his opinion and I appreciate his dedication. And then I told him that when you hear President Trump asking our NATO allies to comply with the commitments they made for our common defense, this is what we call being the leader of a free world. "
Kevin Liptak, Nicole Gaet, and Veronica Strakkulurci contributed to this report.