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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The German Foreign Minister has summoned the US ambassador in Berlin to discuss claims the United States may have spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

Mrs Merkel has already called US President Barack Obama to express her concern, telling him the surveillance would amount to a grave breach of trust if it were true.

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: I can tell you that the President assured the Chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the Chancellor.

EMMA ALBERICI: The White House spokesman chose his words carefully, making no mention of whether the US had monitored Mrs Merkel's phone calls in the past.

The claims come just two days after the French President called Barack Obama to express concern over reports the US National Security Agency had spied on 70 million phone calls in France.