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Germany sees ‘good chance’ of wrapping up nuclear talks soon

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that he sees a “good chance” of concluding talks on a revival of the Iran nuclear deal soon, after talks with his US counterpart.

“Regarding the negotiations in Vienna, they aren’t easy — that’s been clear in recent weeks,” Maas tells a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Nevertheless we are moving forward step by step in every round of negotiations and we assume that in the context of the (Iranian) presidential election, there’s a good chance to conclude them in the foreseeable future.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken prepare to address a joint press conference following talks at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on June 23, 2021.(John MACDOUGALL / POOL / AFP)

Maas says there are still “several technical questions to resolve” on the landmark accord.

“In any case we are convinced that it’s worth it to maintain talks over such a long period of time in order to revive the JCPOA in this way.”

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