Germany sees a “moment of truth” for Iran’s nuclear talks

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday that the chances of resuming a nuclear deal with Iran were diminishing, and that the “moment of truth” had come for Tehran’s leadership.

“Now we have a chance to reach an agreement that will lift the sanctions. But if we do not succeed very quickly, the talks risk breaking down,” Scholz said at the Munich Security Conference.

“The Iranian leadership has a choice. Now is the moment of truth. “

Speaking at a meeting in Munich, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdallahyan said his country was “ready to reach a good agreement as soon as possible if the other side makes the necessary political decision.”

“We are very serious,” he added, speaking through an interpreter.

A nuclear deal with Iran in 2015 offered to lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, but the U.S. unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and re-imposed heavy economic sanctions.

This, in turn, has forced Iran to start stepping up its nuclear activities.

It seems that the plan of the new agreement is on the table in the negotiations, which have been underway in Vienna since the end of November between Great Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia – and indirectly the United States.

– “Flexibility” –

Iran’s top diplomat said Western countries should show “flexibility” in the talks.

“If at this level the Western sides do not do what they need to do in practice, they should be responsible for the failure of the talks,” he said in Munich.

A U.S. State Department spokesman told AFP on Thursday that “significant progress has been made over the past week.”

“If Iran shows seriousness, we can and should reach an agreement on mutual return to the full implementation of the JCPOA in a few days,” the spokesman said, using the acronym for the 2015 agreement.

But “anything much more than that would put the possibility of a return to a serious risk deal,” the spokesman added.

Experts believe that Iran is only a few weeks away from having enough fissile material to build nuclear weapons – even if it takes a few more difficult steps to build a real bomb.

President Joe Biden has said he is ready to return to the agreement and ease some U.S. sanctions provided Tehran resumes its commitments under the agreement.

As for the possible exchange of prisoners between the United States and Iran along with the agreement, Amir-Abdallahyan said it was “a purely humanitarian issue.”

“Away from the negotiations, we can do it immediately, based on the agreements that were concluded earlier.”

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Iran’s nuclear talks approach “decision point”

Vienna (AFP) February 18, 2022

Several countries have noted that the deal – at least in principle – on the resumption of the nuclear deal with Iran may be only a few days away, but experts warn that failure is still possible. The 2015 agreement called for easing sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, but the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reintroduced severe economic sanctions, forcing Iran to step up its nuclear activities. The plan for a new deal seems … read on Germany sees a “moment of truth” for Iran’s nuclear talks

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