US, EU officials will reportedly meet in March over Iran deal
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US, EU officials will reportedly meet in March over Iran deal

Sources say delegations to powwow in Berlin over future of nuclear accord which Trump has threatened to scuttle

Federica Mogherini (L), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting at the table at the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held, in Vienna, Austria on July 6, 2015.  (AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR)
Federica Mogherini (L), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting at the table at the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held, in Vienna, Austria on July 6, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR)

A delegation from the United States is to hold discussions on the future of the Iran nuclear deal with a European Union team later this month, Reuters reported Thursday, citing an unnamed German source.

A European diplomat told the news agency the talks on the 2015 accord would be held in Berlin on March 15.

In January, Trump signed a waiver to keep the deal alive, but vowed it would be the last time he did, unless the US and Europe worked to strengthen the terms of the accord.

The Trump administration has expressed concerns over the portions of the deal that expire in 2026. Washington has also argued the deal fails to address Iran’s missile program, its regional activities, or its human rights abuses.

Earlier this year, Trump laid out four conditions that must be met or else the United States would abrogate the deal. The conditions included increased inspections, ensuring that “Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon,” and that there is no expiration date to the nuclear deal. Currently, the deal expires after a decade.

Iran’s foreign ministry has said it “will not accept any amendments in this agreement” — and the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the current agreement.

The other parties to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — have all said it is working and that Iran is complying fully with its commitments.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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