Iran Cannot Set New Conditions for Resuming Nuclear Talks: Germany

Workers are seen on a construction site in Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, on Nov. 10, 2019. (Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)

BERLIN鈥擥ermany would reject any Iranian demands for the United States to release frozen Iranian assets as a condition for nuclear talks to resume, Germany’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

“If here new conditions are being set by Iran for talks to be resumed, then we reject that,” a German foreign ministry spokesman said after Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian’s demand for assets worth 10 billion dollars to be released as a goodwill gesture.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 agreement with Iran, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany aimed at stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

President Joe Biden aims to restore the deal, but the sides disagree on which steps need to be taken and when, with the key issues being what constraints Tehran will accept and what sanctions Washington will remove.

“We call on Iran to resume talks as soon as possible,” the German foreign ministry spokesman said, adding he expects an agreement on a specific date.

By Andreas Rinke

Pezou : Iran Cannot Set New Conditions for Resuming Nuclear Talks: Germany