France says the nuclear talks with Iran need to pick up where they left off


PARIS, Nov 9 (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister told his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday that if talks with world powers resume reviving a nuclear deal in late November, they will have to pick up where they left off in June.

The comments indicate growing concern over Iran’s public rhetoric before Iran-US indirect talks resume on November 29 in Vienna.

On Monday, Tehran repeatedly called for the US to lift all sanctions it has imposed between Iran and the major powers since then-President Donald Trump’s resignation in 2015 and to guarantee they will not give up the deal again. Continue reading

In a telephone conversation with the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the Frenchman Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed “the importance and urgency of the resumption of negotiations, which Iran will have on 20 (to the agreement),” said a spokesman for the ministry.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to cap its nuclear program in exchange for lifting the United Nations sanctions that crippled its economy.

Since Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018, Iran has responded to the imposition of US sanctions by violating mandatory limits on the uranium enrichment that can be used to make the fuel for nuclear weapons. Iran says its program is completely peaceful.

Iran’s top nuclear weapons negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, was in Paris on Tuesday as part of a tour of the capitals of France, Great Britain and Germany, the three European pact parties.

After a conversation between Amirabdollahian and Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the Iranian state media quoted the Iranian minister on Tuesday as saying that the US withdrawal and the failure of the Europeans to “have deepened mistrust”.

Reporting by John Irish and Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Kevin Liffey

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