4 + 1 countries issued a statement on the Iranian nuclear program on Monday, while Germany urged the Iranians not to miss the opportunity for an understanding with the next US President, Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20.
This came after a video conference of “4 + 1” countries, chaired by the European Union’s High Commissioner for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell.
The closing statement said that all parties agreed to continue dialogue to ensure the implementation of the nuclear agreement by all.
The statement affirmed the adherence of all parties to the nuclear agreement and commitment to fully implement it, and stated that the nuclear agreement is an essential element in efforts to non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and an important diplomatic achievement that affects regional and international security and stability.
During the meeting, assessments regarding the possibility of Washington returning to the agreement were discussed, and the ministers expressed their willingness to review this issue in a positive framework and through joint cooperation.
For his part, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Iran not to miss the opportunity of the US President-elect Joe Biden’s return to the Iran nuclear deal.
He said Iran should avoid taking any tactical steps that would make it difficult for Biden to reverse US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.
“To make a rapprochement with the United States in the Biden era possible, there should be no other tactical maneuvers of the kind that we have seen a lot of recently … and not waste this opportunity … this last available opportunity,” he added.
The conference took place amid frequent discussions in some Western circles about the need to expand the nuclear agreement signed with Tehran in 2015.
On Monday, however, Iran renewed its refusal to negotiate a new nuclear agreement or change the terms of the current agreement.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that his country will not negotiate the nuclear deal, nor will it accept changing its clauses.
Khatibzadeh added, in a press conference, that Iran’s position in this regard is clear and frank and will not change.