Monday, January 17, 2022

France urges Iran to curb nuclear activity, resume talks

PARIS (NWN) – France on Friday urged Iran to curb nuclear activities of “unprecedented gravity” as US and European envoys met to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal .

US envoy Robert Malle joined counterparts from France, Britain and Germany in meetings in Paris, which the French foreign ministry called a “critical time” in efforts to salvage the agreement.

“It is urgent and important for Iran to end activities of unprecedented seriousness in violation of (the agreement) and immediately resume full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said. . In an online briefing.

The IAEA is accused of oversight of the 2015 accord, which was intended to curb Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of crippling sanctions. The US pulled out of the deal under Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions.

Iran has since intensified nuclear activity and is now violating several aspects of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

Iran’s nuclear activity involves enriching uranium that Western nations fear could be used to make an atomic bomb. Tehran denies any such ambitions.

“The US and European partners stand ready to return immediately to negotiations with Iran to expeditiously conclude an agreement on Iran’s own commitments and the United States’ withdrawal to the JCPOA,” Legendre said.

Iran’s new hardline government, led by President Ibrahim Raisi, which took power in August, has indicated it will return to nuclear talks in Vienna, but is shying away from setting a date.


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