Germany urges Iran to accept diplomacy in nuclear dispute

Germany’s foreign minister urges Iran to accept diplomatic overtures coming from the West in order to preserve the 2015 nuclear accord.

Heiko Maas accuses Tehran of further undermining the transparency it is required to show under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, after Iran began restricting international inspections of its nuclear facilities yesterday.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran added 17.6 kilograms (38.8 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 20% to its stockpile as of Feb. 16 — far past the 3.67% purity allowed under the JCPOA.

“In the end, Iran needs to understand that what’s important is to de-escalate and accept the offer of diplomacy that’s on the table, including from the United States,” Maas says.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks in Berlin, Germany on November 17, 2020. (HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/ POOL / AFP)