AA / Berlin / Oliver Tovig Nia
Germany urged Iran on Monday to intensify diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany).
“We now hope that Iran will quickly show the necessary political will to end these negotiations,” Heiko Maas told the annual conference of German ambassadors in Berlin.
Iran and world powers resume the sixth round of negotiations this week in Vienna, with the aim of reaching a final agreement and relaunching the 2015 nuclear deal.
Berlin has expressed cautious optimism about the ongoing nuclear negotiations, saying that while they are “going well,” significant sticking points remain.
“In general, with regard to the situation in Vienna, it can be said that the discussions are going well, but many important points also raise questions that need clarification. There are still important questions,” said a spokeswoman for the German Ministry of Affairs. Aliens, Maria Adebehr.
She added: “The outlook is generally positive, but there is no progress so far, and discussions are still intense. From this point of view, it is not possible today to expect and say ‘there will be success’.”
A spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry stressed that it is too early to predict the outcome of the negotiations in the Austrian capital, but her country wants to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“We do not hide the fact that we wanted, and have been for months, a return to the General Authority of the Supreme Council for Gas Affairs as soon as possible and a new commitment to this agreement,” Adebehr said.
The six countries continue to discuss ways to revive the deal, which then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned in May 2018.
And the American delegation is not participating in the meeting with other world powers, as Iran refuses to negotiate directly with the United States until the sanctions imposed under President Trump are lifted.
As part of the agreement, Tehran pledged to limit its nuclear activity to civilian purposes, and in return the Western powers agreed to drop their economic sanctions against Iran.
However, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018, under Trump, as part of its so-called “maximum pressure” policy, and reimposed tough sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to stop honoring the deal.
* Translated from the English by Mourad Belhadj
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