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Germany urges Iran to show ‘political will’ to end stalemate over nuclear probe

“Iran must now come up with technically plausible answers, which now requires the political will,” Franciska Obermeyer, deputy spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, told journalists in Berlin.

“It is high time that the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and Iran continue their dialogue on these questions,” she added.

Obermeyer, however, stressed that she could not predict whether these talks would actually yield any results.

An IAEA technical team arrived in Tehran on Sunday following an invitation by Iran, according to an IAEA spokeswoman.

The visit was aimed at “addressing the outstanding safeguards issues previously reported,” she added.

The Vienna-based UN nuclear agency has for years been calling on Iran to explain the presence of undeclared human-made uranium found at three sites, requesting “access to locations and material” as well as the collection of samples.

In the absence of progress, the IAEA said it could not guarantee the authenticity and integrity of Iran’s nuclear program.

Tehran has repeatedly claimed traces of enriched uranium found in Iran were brought into the country from abroad.

Meanwhile, Obermeyer stressed again that negotiations between Iran and the six world powers – US, Russia, China, France, the UK, and Germany – to revive the 2015 nuclear deal are not planned for now.

There are “currently no starting points” to resume such talks, she added.

The US and its Western allies argue the talks were “stalled” because Tehran was “making demands that have nothing to do with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).”

The JCPOA refers to the Iran nuclear agreement which was scrapped by then-US President Donald Trump in 2018.

Source: Anadolu Agency