Germany says time is running out for Iran nuclear deal

G7 Summit in Liverpool
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock arrive for a family photo at the Liverpool Museum during the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, Britain December 11, 2021. Paul Ellis / Pool via REUTERS

December 11, 2021

By Alexander Ratz and Humeyra Pamuk

LIVERPOOL, Britain (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister warned on Saturday that time was running out to find a way to restore the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, speaking after a meeting with colleagues. from G7 countries.

Talks have continued in Vienna to try to revive the nuclear pact, with both sides trying to gauge the prospects for success following the latest exchanges in the stalled negotiations to begin.

“Time is running out,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters in Liverpool, England, where G7 foreign ministers are meeting.

“It shows in the past few days that we are not making any progress.”

Baerbock said Iran had resumed talks with a stance that set the talks back six months. The current round of talks in Vienna follows a five-month pause following the election of an anti-Western hardliner as president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi.

Earlier, US officials said Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a “productive” meeting with his counterparts from Britain, Germany and France on Friday, discussing a continued path to negotiations. Iran.

A senior State Department official said there had been a “tense” conversation among the G7 countries, who had agreed on their positions in the nuclear negotiations. “The statement will also be strong on the importance of bringing Iran back to the negotiating table and possibly signing a deal but time is shrinking, so we stand together,” the official said. Briefly with reporters about the condition. anonymously, said.

The official added that US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley is returning to Vienna for negotiations.

Iranian officials have previously said they remained firm in their stance.

Under the original nuclear deal, abandoned by then-President Donald Trump in 2018, Iran limited its nuclear program in exchange for relief from US, European Union sanctions. and the United Nations. The West fears the program will be used to develop weapons, something Tehran denies.

Raisi on Saturday said Tehran was serious about the nuclear talks in Vienna, news agency IRNA reported.

The indirect US-Iran talks, in which diplomats from France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China link between them because Tehran refuses to contact Washington directly, are aimed at getting both sides connected. fully comply with the agreement.

The G7 meeting is expected to lead to a joint call for Iran to adjust its nuclear program and seize the opportunity of the Vienna talks.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk Written by William James Edited by Edmund Blair, Frances Kerry and David Evans) Germany says time is running out for Iran nuclear deal


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