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Restoring Iran nuclear deal was not focus of E3-Iran talks: Germany

A German Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday the latest talks between Iran and the E3 -- Germany, France, UK -- did not include efforts to resume stalled talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

It was “expressly not about negotiations for the JPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). As we have stressed many times, there are currently no negotiations on the JCPOA,” Christian Wagner told reporters in Berlin.

Wagner reiterated Germany’s “concern” about Iran’s attempts at escalation in the nuclear dossier.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, confirmed reports late Wednesday about his meeting with senior European diplomats in the Norwegian capital of Oslo last week.

Bagheri said in a tweet that he met political directors of the E3 countries and “discussed a range of issues of mutual interest and concern.”

“We spare no opportunity to clarify our views and warn against certain miscalculations. We are determined in advancing our national interests, including through diplomacy,” he wrote.

Bagheri did not divulge details about his meeting with the European diplomats, in his statement.

Iran’s state news agency, IRNA, had earlier cited sources who said the Iranian official met E3 diplomats in Oslo in the presence of EU deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora whose attendance, however, has not been confirmed by other reports.


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