Coming weeks are decisive for Iran nuclear deal, Merkel says

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benett meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Jerusalem
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benett give a joint news conference in Jerusalem, October 10, 2021. Menahem Kahana/Pool via REUTERS

October 10, 2021

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The coming weeks are decisive for the future of the nuclear deal with Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, adding that every day that passes without Tehran responding to U.S. overtures will result in Iran enriching more uranium.

Speaking during a visit to Israel, the outgoing chancellor said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping also had a responsibilty to help to push Iran back to the negotiating table, she said at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

“I also see a responsibility for Russia and China here, since if the JCPOA (nuclear deal) is no longer doing what it’s meant to do then that’s very difficult, so we are now in very decisive weeks for this deal.”

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub and Dan Williams; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by David Goodman)

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