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Germany pushes U.S. to participate in talks with Iran

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BERLIN, Germany - Urging the United States against pulling out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal, Germany along with other European powers, is pushing the U.S. to take part in direct talks with Iran.

On Sunday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel pushed the U.S. to hold talks with Iran.

Gabriel has praised Washington's effort to create a dialogue with Pyongyang amid the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula. 

Over the weekend, during his visit to China, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson revealed that the U.S. has direct channels of communication with North Korean officials and is trying to engage it in dialogue to give up its nuclear program. 

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that North Korea had shown no interest in negotiating on matters related to its nuclear weapons program. 

Gabriel said in a statement, “This is the exactly the right direction and a big, courageous step for the U.S.A. I very much wish that such an offer would now also be given to Iran. Ending the nuclear deal with Iran would undermine the credibility of its offer to North Korea.”

Gabriel, along with his other European counterparts, has warned against leaving the multilateral Iran nuclear deal. 

By October 15, Trump has to notify Congress whether Iran has complied with the provisions of the 2015 deal, which provided sanctions relief in exchange for limitations on Iran's nuclear program. 

Then, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran if Trump chooses not to recertify the country's compliance. 

Last month, Gabriel said that Germany would work with allies in the European Union, Britain, China and Russia to persuade Trump to preserve the agreement.

 

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