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1. Germany - Quad - Russia / Ukraine / NATO / Iran - Statement by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, following the working meeting with Ms. Annalena Baerbock, German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, and Mr. James Cleverly, British Deputy Foreign Secretary (Berlin - January 20, 2022)
This morning in Berlin I participated in a meeting with my German counterpart, Ms. Annalena Baerbock, US Secretary of State Mr. Antony Blinken, and Britain’s Deputy Foreign Secretary, Mr. James Cleverly.
Finally, we discussed the Iran nuclear issue. The negotiations in Vienna resumed almost two months ago now. My colleagues and I share the same observation: there’s partial, tentative, slow progress - but the negotiations can’t go ahead at such a slow pace while, at the same time, the Iranian nuclear programme is moving ahead so fast. We’ll very quickly find ourselves in an untenable situation. I’d be tempted to say the JCPOA is in a life-threatening emergency situation. Together with Russia and China, we’re completely determined to ensure everyone returns to their commitments, but we won’t be able to do so if Iran continues on this path of slowness and patience in the negotiations, which also enables it to unpick its commitments under the JCPOA, otherwise it will be the end of this agreement.