The leaders of the United States, Germany, France and Britain have warned Tehran that continued nuclear progress and obstacles to the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency will jeopardize a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
During a meeting in Rome on Saturday, where the G-20 summit is taking place, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they supported President Joe Biden’s promise to return the United States to nuclear deal with Iran, if Iran takes the same step.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. President Biden has said the United States will return to the deal after Tehran begins full implementation of the restrictions mentioned in the arms deal. nuclear.
US and European leaders reiterated that a return to the nuclear deal would result in the lifting of sanctions that are currently hurting Tehran’s economy. “We urge President Raisi to seize this opportunity and return to a good faith effort to conclude our negotiations as a matter of urgency,” they said in a statement issued by the White House after the meeting.
The statement also said that the leaders of the four countries share “great and growing concern” that Iran “has accelerated the pace of provocative nuclear steps” after suspending negotiations on a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
The so-called E3 + 1 meeting in Rome came after Tehran announced earlier this week that it was ready to resume negotiations before the end of November.
“They are scheduled to resume,” Biden told reporters when asked when he would like to begin talks on returning to the nuclear deal.
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