German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says a thaw in US-Iran tensions must result in new talks about the 2015 nuclear deal. European leaders have struggled to prevent Iran suffering under crippling new US sanctions.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday said he wanted to ensure a pledge by US President Donald Trump to defuse tensions with Iran bears fruit.
Maas spoke to reporters after brief talks between Germany, France and Britain along with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of a EU meeting in Helsinki.
He said a return to dialogue between Washington and Tehran now has "priority" over other EU initiatives such as a mission to protect oil shipping in the Strait of Hormus.
"My role...is to preserve the full implementation of the existing agreements. Again if something else can be built on it, this would be welcomed and accompanied by the European Union," she told reporters.
Germany hesitant over Gulf mission
Tensions have spiked recently in the Perisan Gulf, where Iran has seized Western tankers, prompting the US to launch Operation Sentinel, a mission to protect commercial shipping on the crucial oil trade routes, in particular in the Strait of Hormuz.