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Britain, France, Germany held Iran talks ,Germany urges US to talk with Iran

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.

Tensions have spiked, when United States (US) President Donald Trump last year unilaterally pulled out of the accord that handed Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme.

The move alarmed European powers, which see the deal as the best way to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, and infuriated the Islamic republic.

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, all have  repeatedly said they are committed to saving the deal, but efforts to shield Iran’s economy from the reimposition of US sanctions have so far borne little fruit.

Tension raised 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.

Britain, Australia and Bahrain have joined the operation, but Germany has said it is not in favor of participating, for fear of being dragged into a conflict.

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