US, EU diplomats meet to salvage Iranian nuclear pact – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting with European allies Thursday to discuss ways to revive the Iranian nuclear agreement abandoned by the United States in 2018.

The foreign ministers of the E3 — Germany, the United Kingdom and France — met in Paris on Thursday, with Blinken participating virtually. Their meeting comes as Iran prepares to limit snap inspections by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if sanctions aren’t lifted by next week.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Thursday that talks “are being significantly complicated at the moment because Iran obviously does not seek de-escalation but escalation — and this is playing with fire.”

“The more pressure is applied, the more difficult it gets to find a political solution,” Maas said.

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