Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union party CDU Angela Merkel waits for the start of a party board meeting in Berlin on August 15, 2016. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe’s decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he doubled down on American criticism of Europe.