Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement after the EU3+3 (China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, United States of America and the European Union) Foreign Ministers meeting with Iran in New York:
It is in our utmost interest not to jeopardise the nuclear agreement with Iran and certainly not to end it now or in the future.
In the past two years, we have seen that the agreement is working and that it has prevented a dangerous nuclear proliferation in the region because everyone, including the Iranians, has adhered to the obligations arising from it and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s monitoring mechanisms are effective.
The Americans are right: Iran is still not playing a constructive role in the Middle East, be it in Yemen or Lebanon. We agree that we must discuss and address this, but not by means of a working regional nuclear arms control agreement.
I firmly believe that neither the volatile and tense situation in the region nor Iran’s conduct would improve if the nuclear agreement is no longer observed.