Ger­many stands by nu­clear deal, praises it as ‘his­toric win­dow’

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TEHRAN — German For­eign Min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel said on Tues­day a nu­clear deal with Iran has helped lower the risk of a ma­jor con­flict in the Mideast and that Ger­many will do what­ever is pos­si­ble to hold all par­ties to it.

“Our clear po­si­tion is we stand by this agree­ment,” Gabriel told re­porters after talks in Ber­lin with Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif.

Gabriel said the deal was “a great sign of hope” for the re­gion and had opened a “his­toric win­dow” for rekin­dling re­la­tions with Tehran.

The nu­clear deal was sealed in Vi­enna in July 2015 after 18 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions led by for­mer sec­re­tary of state John Kerry and diplo­mats from the other four per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil - Bri­tain, China, France and Rus­sia – plus Ger­many and the Euro­pean Union.

Un­der its terms, Iran agreed to curb its nu­clear pro­gram in re­turn for bil­lions of dol­lars in sanc­tions re­lief.

U.S. President Don­ald Trump has con­demned the agree­ment. Gabriel did not men­tion any other coun­tries in his com­ments.

Zarif said he was “very happy to hear Ger­many takes it se­ri­ously.”

Europe has been a strong sup­porter of the deal, urg­ing hos­tile Trump to keep its side of the bar­gain.

Two weeks ago, Euro­pean for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini said she was con­fi­dent the U.S. would stick to the nu­clear ac­cord, de­spite its protes­ta­tions to the con­trary, as the deal is work­ing.

“In any case the Euro­pean Union will guar­an­tee that the deal keeps, that we stick to that ... and that our pol­icy of en­gage­ment with Iran con­tin­ues,” she as­serted.

On July 20, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has to ex­tend sanc­tions waivers against Iran as stip­u­lated un­der the deal.

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