Iran, Germany discuss bilateral ties, nuclear deal in New Delhi

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif has criticized the European Union's lack of action regarding their obligations under the nuclear agreement on Iran's peaceful nuclear program, saying EU's triggering the dispute resolution mechanism in the deal was a strategic mistake.

Iran PressAsia: Resorting to the dispute resolution mechanism in the nuclear agreement was legally unfounded and politically a strategic mistake, he told German Minister of State of Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi late on Tuesday, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry's website.

Annen said relations with Iran are important for Europeans adding that Europe supports the 2015 nuclear deal and the E3 statement on Tuesday did intend to harm the deal.

Alleging that Iran is not committed to its obligations, France, Germany and the UK launched the dispute mechanism in the Iran nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The E3 said it won't impose the unilateral 'maximum pressure' sanctions of US President Donald Trump who withdrew from the deal in 2018. Iran reciprocated by scaling back its commitments under the deal.

Zarif arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday on a 3-day visit to attend in the 5th edition of the annual Raisina Dialogue slated on January 14-16, 2020.

Addressing the meeting and holding talks with high-ranking attendees is on the agenda of Iran's top diplomat.

"Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, will deliver a speech at the Raisina Dialogue," according to the latest Tweets from Raisina Dialogue 2020.

The Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community.

Every year, global leaders in policy, business, media, and civil society are hosted in New Delhi to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters.


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