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Merkel says they need to explore all ways of reducing Iran tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said talks between the Iranian and French foreign ministers on Sunday were a side event to the G7 summit and every opportunity should be seized to resolve tensions between the United States and Iran. "We have to find a way to de-escalate - if not we have to fear that Iran reneges even further on its (nuclear deal) commitments even further in September," Merkel told reporters.

Published August 25,2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's worth taking every opportunity to avoid a further escalation of the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, and that G-7 leaders had a "good, constructive discussion" on the subject Saturday evening.

Iran's foreign minister made a previously unannounced visit Sunday to Biarritz, France, where the G-7 summit was taking place. He came at France's invitation after a Saturday night discussion that Merkel said made clear all leaders agree that Iran must not get a nuclear weapon and that must be achieved by negotiations.

Merkel said Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif's presence is "a parallel event in the same place, but not a G-7 movement, and now we must see whether the immediate communication of how the talks went yesterday produces further possibilities to speak and perhaps negotiate with Iran."