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FILE PHOTO: Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks to the media as he arrives for an EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium December 7, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) – Iran’s latest moves jeopardize a return of the United States to the nuclear deal, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Thursday.

“The more pressure is applied, the more difficult it gets to find a political solution,” Maas said.

Talks “are being significantly complicated at the moment because Iran obviously does not seek de-escalation but escalation – and this is playing with fire.”

Iran said on Monday it will block snap inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog from next week if other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal do not uphold their obligations, a challenge to U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope of reviving the accord.

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