Iran Says Only Nuclear Deal Will Be Discussed as Talks With Germany, Japan Begin

'European officials are not in a position to comment on Iran's issues beyond the nuclear deal,' Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says after meeting with Germany FM Heiko Mass

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with his German counterpart Heiko Maas after their meeting in Teheran, Iran, June 10, 2019.
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Iran's Foreign Ministry says nothing else but the country's landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers will be discussed during high-stakes diplomacy meetings in Tehran this week.

Iranian state television quotes spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, as saying that visiting "European officials are not in a position to comment on Iran's issues beyond the nuclear deal."

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The remarks came after German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Iran's ballistic missile program problematic during a visit Sunday to the United Arab Emirates.

Maas is now in Iran amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. The tensions recently soared over America deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Tehran.

After Maas, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive on Wednesday in Iran.