Heiko Maas accuses Iran of “playing with fire.”
Iran has announced that it no longer intends to implement parts of the nuclear agreement. Foreign Minister Maas said the country was making it difficult for the United States to return to the agreement.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has accused Iran of making it more difficult for the USA to return to the international nuclear deal. It is not easy for the new US administration to turn the entire Iran policy of the previous administration under Donald Trump on its head within a few weeks, Maas said before speaking with his counterparts from France, Great Britain and the USA.
Maas said there was talk of ways that could be done to bring the deal back to life. “This is much more difficult by the fact that Iran is not relying on relaxation, but an escalation. It is playing with fire,” added the SPD politician. “You are jeopardizing the Americans’ way back into this agreement.”
Germany advocated talking to Iran not only about uranium enrichment but also about the missile program and the role in the region. This is also in the interests of the USA. However, it is unclear whether these issues should be part of an expanded nuclear agreement or discussed outside of it, Maas said.
A few days ago, Iran announced that it would no longer allow nuclear inspections without further ado. According to the IAEA, Iran also wants to install more advanced uranium centrifuges – another breach of the nuclear treaty. Chancellor Angela Merkel had therefore phoned Iran’s President Hassan Ruhani.