BERLIN (Associated Press)-According to a report on Friday by a German magazine, the German foreign minister is expressing increasing impatience with Iran, saying that the frayed nuclear agreement between the country and world powers cannot be restored “forever”.
During the six rounds of talks in Vienna, the countries that are still parties to the agreement—Russia, China, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and Iran—have been working to resolve the issue of how the United States can rejoin and how Tehran can resume compliance. President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018, but his successor Joe Biden expressed that the United States hopes to return.
The last round of talks ended in Vienna on June 20. The date of the new meeting has not yet been determined.
“I am more and more disturbed to see that on the one hand, Iran is delaying the resumption of the Vienna nuclear negotiations, on the other hand, it is also getting away from the core content of the agreement,” Newsweek “Der Spiegel” quoted the German as saying. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.
Since the United States withdrew, Iran has been gradually violating the restrictions of the agreement and exerting pressure on the rest of the parties to provide economic incentives to offset the severe sanctions imposed by the United States.
The agreement is called the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan or JCPOA and aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies that it is seeking any.
“We hope to return to JCPOA and firmly believe that this is in the interests of all parties,” Maas said. “But it is clear that this option will not be open to us forever.”