- Germany to Meet with France, Britain, Russia and China to Save Iran Nuclear Deal: Report
In a bid to save the Iran nuclear accord, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China will meet in Vienna this week. But one major player in the deal will not be attending.
Germany and four other nations will soon meet to discuss how to proceed with the Iran nuclear deal, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday. The international community is scrambling to save a deal that keeps Iran from developing nuclear weapons after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact.
What the paper reported:
* Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China will meet in Vienna in the next week, led by senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid.
* The United States will not attend. It was unclear if Iran would take part in the meeting.
* They will discuss a new agreement similar to the 2015 deal, while also limiting Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional role.
* The new agreement may provide financial aid to Iran.
* Diplomats are also expected to discuss EU measures to defend against US sanctions, which would have “at best only very limited positive effects on Iran’s economy.”
Bringing Trump on board
“We have to get away from the name “Vienna Nuclear Agreement” and add a few additional elements — only then will President Trump agree and lift the sanctions,” a top EU diplomat told the paper. No immediate comment was available from the German Foreign Ministry.