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Germany says it echoes US in shifting Iran focus from nuclear to rights issues

November 21, 2022 at 2:49 pm

Iranian flag in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant on November 10, 2019, [Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images]

Germany agrees with the United States in shifting its focus away from reviving a nuclear deal with Iran to support for ordinary Iranians against a violent State crackdown on popular protests, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Monday, Reuters reports.

“We are really moving along the same lines,” the spokesperson told a regular government news conference.

“Right now, our focus is on supporting the Iranian people and putting pressure on the Iranian regime to stop suppressing the rights of its people,” added the spokesperson.

Talks to revive a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers have been at a stalemate since September. Western powers accuse the Islamic Republic of raising unreasonable demands after all sides appeared to be nearing a deal.

Robert Malley, the US Special Envoy for Iran, said earlier this month that President Joe Biden’s administration would leave the door open to resume diplomacy “when and if” the time came but, for now, Washington would continue a policy of sanctions and pressure.

Anti-government protests broke out in September over the death of young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody after her arrest for allegedly violating the Islamic dress code.

The European Union, United States, Canada and Britain have imposed sanctions over human rights abuses in Iran, as well as for its drone sales to Russia since Moscow’s forces invaded neighbouring Ukraine.

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