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Iran nuclear deal ‘has no future’, says German coalition member

FILE PHOTO.  Designated General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Bijan Djir-Sarai, observes an ordinary congress of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Berlin, Germany.  April 23, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi
FILE PHOTO. Designated General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Bijan Djir-Sarai, observes an ordinary congress of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Berlin, Germany. April 23, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers “has no future and does not fit reality,” a senior Free Democratic Party (FDP) official said, junior partner in Germany’s ruling coalition, told two online media outlets in an interview published on Wednesday.

Bijan Djir-Sarai, general secretary of the liberal FDP, told Web.de News and Gmx News that continuing talks on the deal would mean “negotiating with an inhumane regime that is completely rejected by its own people and has no legitimacy whatsoever.”

“From my point of view, this deal has no future and does not conform to reality,” Djir-Sarai, who was born in Iran, said in a transcript of the interview released by the FDP.

Efforts to revive the nuclear deal have stalled and ties between Iran and the West are increasingly strained as Iranians maintain anti-government protests despite an increasingly deadly state crackdown.

US President Joe Biden had attempted to negotiate Iran’s return to the nuclear deal after then-President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.

But last month the White House said it had put diplomacy to one side for now and that Tehran had supplied drones to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said last month that the United States lacks the political will to revive the deal.

The 2015 deal limited Iran’s uranium enrichment activity to hinder the development of nuclear weapons, in exchange for lifting international sanctions.

(Written by Paul Carrel; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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