Merkel: Iran’s requirement to lift sanctions before dialogue “unrealistic”

After talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with U.S. President Trump and Iranian President Rouhani, German Chancellor Merkel promoted direct talks between the two sides. Merkel called Iran’s requirement to lift sanctions before the dialogue “unrealistic.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday (September 24, 2019) called iran’s requirement to lift sanctions before entering into any dialogue with the United States. “Of course, I welcome any discussions between the United States and Iran,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

“But things are not going to move forward with the lifting of all sanctions as a precondition … I think that’s unrealistic,” she said after two separate meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Merkel promoted direct talks between the United States and Iran on the Iranian nuclear issue, and said after talks with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly I would welcome that.”

“I welcome the U.S.-Iran talks, but it will not be possible to lift all sanctions first and then the talks will take place,” Merkel said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. I think that’s not realistic.”

Merkel said in New York after meeting With Iranian President Rouhani that she discussed iran’s nuclear issue with him along with the Middle East and how to establish peace in the region. Merkel also referred with Rouhani to her country’s position with France and Britain, which was announced as holding Iran responsible for the attack on Saudi oil installations.

Merkel said That Germany, France and Britain, contrary to the Position of the United States, adhere to the nuclear agreement with Tehran, but now demands talks with Iran on its missile program and Iran’s role in the Syrian free and the Yemeni conflict.

Us President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened from the Un stage to increase pressure on Iran as European countries stepped up their initiatives to reduce tensions. Trump seemed tired as he delivered his speech without emotion or enthusiasm, and intensified his warnings to Iran. “As long as Iran’s behavior continues to be threatening, sanctions will not be lifted, but will be tightened,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was ready to discuss limited changes, additions or amendments to the 2015 deal the Islamic Republic had with the six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions on Tehran.

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