MEHR: Germany is underestimating the risks of uncontrolled escalation that may emerge if talks on restoring the Iranian nuclear deal remain inconclusive, Russia’s envoy to the international organizations in Vienna said.
"The German MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] stated that Berlin saw no reason to resume the Vienna Talks. Apparently, Germany underestimates the importance of nuclear non-proliferation, as well as the risk of serious and even uncontrolled escalation if the talks on JCPOA remain inconclusive," Mikhail Ulyanov wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Former US President Donald Trump illegally pulled out of the deal in 2018 while the current US President, Joe Biden, has signaled that he is ready to resurrect the agreement. Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US, and France have been in talks with Iran since April 2021 to reinstate the deal.
The talks to salvage the JCPOA kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions. The negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on the Islamic Republic by the previous US administration. Iran maintains it is necessary for the other side to offer some guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.