Nuclear Talks With Iran in ‘Final Phase’, German FM Says

Nuclear talks with Iran enter “final phase”, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv with her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid during an official visit to Israel.

Despite Israel’s reservations, a return to the nuclear deal would make the region safer, Baerbock said.

Lapid noted that during the meeting, the two sides discussed the Iranian nuclear talks. The Israeli position is that “a nuclear Iran threatens not only Israel but the whole world.”

He said Iran is “an exporter of terror from Yemen to Buenos Aires” and the agreement must consider “its regional aggression.”

Baerbock noted that she “is convinced that the full restoration of the JCPOA will make the region more secure, including Israel, otherwise we would not have these negotiations.”

According to her, negotiations with Iran have reached a “very critical point,” and that Iran needs to return to the negotiating table “with a willingness to compromise and without maximum demands.”

“We want to do everything we can to ensure that we can guarantee Israel’s security with this agreement,” Baerbock emphasized.

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