by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on September 12, urged Iran to accept the proposals of a revived nuclear deal being offered by Germany, France, and Britain, saying there is “no reason” for the Iranian regime to refuse them, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reports. The three world powers told Iran on September 10 that the final texts of a deal are ready for signature, but Tehran is dragging its heels.
Scholz made his appeal to Tehran while standing next to Israel’s PM Yair Lapid, who had come for a meeting with him in Berlin; Israel was against the original JCPOA, and it remains adamantly opposed to the ongoing efforts to revive it, RFE reports. The original 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran deal collapsed in 2018 when former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the treaty.
In his statement, Scholz pointed out that Iran has continued to progress its nuclear program far beyond “any plausible civilian justification” and that European parties to the original JCPOA, who are engaged in talks to revive it, have been “patient.” If Iran does not get on board now, a revival of the deal “certainly won’t happen soon,” Scholz warned.
Sholz emphasized the European position that a nuclear deal with Iran “is the right way” to stop the regime from developing nuclear weapons, RFE said.
For his part, Lapid reiterated Israel’s position opposing a nuclear deal with Iran. “It is time to move past the failed negotiations with Iran,” Lapid said in a statement in Berlin following his meeting with Scholz.
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