TookIn the words of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Westerners recognize ‘modest progress’ in negotiations to salvage the Iran international nuclear deal, but given the spurt in Tehran’s nuclear activities, progress for Jean-Yves Le Drian still remains. is very slow. French Foreign Minister. “After talking to all my colleagues, my personal assessment is that a return to mutual compliance is possible,” Antony Blinken said in Berlin after talks with his European counterparts.
“We have seen, I would say, modest progress in the negotiations over the past two weeks”, he said. For his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that talks “cannot continue at such a slow pace”. Noting the progress in negotiations was “partial, timid and slow”, the minister said that “there was an urgent need to change the pace, otherwise it would inevitably be the end of the JCPOA (Vienna Agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Power Plant),” he said in Berlin. said in a press conference. The month of February will be absolutely decisive. “We don’t have much time left,” a French diplomatic source told Agence France-Presse.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock also called for “immediate progress” in tough talks that resumed in November. “We need much, much needed progress,” said the head of diplomacy as a timid revival of optimism followed a rough start in Vienna after several weeks of talks. “Vienna talks are entering a decisive phase, not a conclusive phase”, he said, emphasizing that “we are literally running out of time”.
“The Spiral of Nuclear Growth”
Because, “in parallel with the discussions, Iran unfortunately continues to spin the spiral of nuclear escalation”, alleged Annalena Barbock after an interview with Antony Blinken. On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden also showed himself relatively optimistic about the prospect of salvaging the nuclear deal with Iran, assuring that the “time has not yet come” to leave the discussions. He assured that Washington was “united” with the other signatory countries (Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom and Germany) of the agreement concluded in 2015 with Iran, and from which Donald Trump withdrew the states three years later. Had taken.
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The deal offered Tehran a share of international sanctions in exchange for a sharp reduction in its ambitions in the nuclear sector under strict UN control. But, after the unilateral withdrawal of the Americans, Tehran gradually abandoned its commitments. The United States in turn imposed sanctions. Talks were resumed in Vienna in November to bring Washington back to the deal and get Tehran back to honor its commitments.
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