BERLIN (Reuters)-A spokesperson for the German Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Germany wants Iran to make realistic proposals in the negotiations on its nuclear program, adding that Tehran’s proposals last week almost violated previously agreed compromises.
She said its proposal “is not the basis for a successful conclusion of negotiations.” “We reviewed these proposals… carefully and thoroughly concluded that Iran violated almost all the compromises reached during months of arduous negotiations.”
Iran and the major powers began negotiations in April to allow Tehran and Washington to fully comply with the 2015 agreement, which was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump three years ago.
But negotiations stopped after the election of Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi in June.
Indirect talks between Washington and Tehran on the resumption of the nuclear agreement resumed a week ago, but were interrupted on Friday and scheduled to resume later this week, as Western officials expressed disappointment at Iran’s overall demands.
A spokesman for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is unacceptable for Iran to advance its nuclear capabilities while the talks are being held. She said that Berlin hopes to build on the progress already made and remains “committed to the diplomatic path, but the window of opportunity is closing.”
A senior Iranian official said on Sunday that the United States’ unwillingness to lift all Trump’s reimposed sanctions on Iran is the main challenge to the restoration of the agreement.
Western powers questioned Tehran’s determination to save the agreement. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said on Friday that Washington will not allow Iran to delay the process while continuing to advance its uranium enrichment program. If diplomacy fails, it will seek other options.
(Reporting by Alexander Ratz; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Miranda Murray and Mark Heinrich)