|Iran nuclear talks must be given a chance: Merkel||
TEHRAN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have to be given a chance, Reuters reported.
Merkel also said Iran had to comply with a nuclear agreement it reached with the major powers last year.
“If Iran does not meet its obligations, or does not meet them adequately, we remain ready to take back the current limited suspension of sanctions,” she said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event. “But first of all, we have to give the negotiations a chance.”
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) struck an interim deal in Geneva in November 2013 under which Tehran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20. Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions against the country.
Iran and the six powers are scheduled to hold expert-level nuclear talks in New York from May 5 to 9 to prepare for the next round of political-level talks on a final solution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program which will start on May 13 in Vienna.
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