German Foreign Minister: Iran must reverse nuclear enrichment, engage in talks

FILE – This frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting state-run TV shows three versions of domestically-built centrifuges in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant in Iran. Iran announced Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, it would inject uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges it previously kept empty under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (IRIB via AP, File)

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UPDATED 6:53 AM PT — Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is urging Iran to draw back its nuclear activities. While speaking in Budapest Monday, Maas said the Ayatollah regime must go back to complying with the 2015 nuclear deal and engage in talks with world powers to resolve disagreements. The German diplomat went on to say Iran now risks breaking the entire accord and risks tougher sanctions by the European Union.

Earlier this week, Tehran rejected any possibility of talks with the U.S. and called on the European Union to maintain business ties despite U.S. sanctions. However, Maas says Iran cannot enrich uranium while having economic ties with the West at the same time.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a news conference, in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

“We are aware of Iran’s announcement to use so called modern centrifuges and it’s not that new,” he stated. “Apparently, this is an implementation of what was already announced in the beginning of September to no longer comply with the nuclear accord in research and development — we view this as unacceptable.”

Maas also said Turkey must behave like a NATO member and stop supporting militant groups in Syria. He added, Ankara may face an arms embargo by the European Union if it fails to deliver on its NATO commitments.

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