| 28 October 2021, Thursday |

Iran cannot set new conditions for resuming nuclear talks – Germany

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it rejects Iran’s demand that the US release frozen Iranian assets as a prerequisite for the nuclear talks to continue.

After Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian demanded the release of assets worth $10 billion as a goodwill gesture, a German foreign ministry official said, “Iran cannot set any further conditions for continuing the discussions.”

President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of a 2015 agreement with Iran, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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.