Germany, US warn Iran on N-talks Jan 21, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa BerlinGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Thursday accused Iran of undermining negotiations in Vienna aimed at preventing Tehran from developing nuclear bombs.Time is running out not least “because Iran is unfortunately continuing to turn the spiral of nuclear escalation in parallel with the talks,” Baerbock said after a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin.Iran, she said, had achieved 60-per-cent uranium enrichment, unprecedented for a state without nuclear weapons.“There is no plausible explanation for this and Iran is not providing a plausible explanation for this,” Baerbock said.Germany’s top diplomat said the goal remains to preserve the nuclear agreement and stop uranium enrichment. “The negotiations in Vienna are not entering a decisive phase, but the decisive phase,” she added.Diplomats from China, France, Britain, Russia and Germany are trying to save the 2015 nuclear agreement with the Vienna talks.In order to do so, the United States would have to return to the deal following its unilateral exit in 2018 and lift sanctions against Iran.In return, Tehran would then have to honour its obligations under the agreement.For his part, Blinken said “some modest progress” had been made over the past few weeks. “But we are not where we need to be.” He also warned that time was running out, adding that a different course of action would be taken if there is no progress soon.He said the issue came up during a meeting with the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France.“We discussed together the steps that that we would take together if Iran refuses to return to compliance with the agreement on terms that that are acceptable to to all of us,” Blinken said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Bombing in Pakistan’s Lahore kills three amid surge in Taliban attacks Jan 21, 2022 0 0 First flights to Tonga deliver aid, more help on the way Jan 21, 2022 0 0 French resolution slams Chinese treatment of Uighur Muslims as genocide Jan 21, 2022 0 0 Philippines’ population growth slowed to 0.3 percent in 2021 dpa Manila Population growth in the Philippines is projected to have slowed down to just 0.3 per cent in 2021, the slowest in over 70 years, as Filipinos delayed having children amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a government .. North Korea hints at possible restart to nuclear tests dpa Seoul After the US imposed new sanctions, North Korea has indirectly threatened to start testing nuclear bombs and intercontinental missiles again. North Korean state media KCNA reported Thursday that the .. UN mission in Mali starts air operations again dpa Nairobi The UN mission in Mali will resume its air operations after talks with the Malian authorities, after the flights were stopped by the military junta in the crisis-torn West African country. The military junta ..