France claims Iran endangers compromising chance for JCPOA

TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) – France has recently claimed that Iran has endangered the nuclear deal (JCPOA) and has criticized the delay in Iran's nuclear talks.

The French Foreign Ministry, whose country has so far failed to meet its commitments alongside other Western parties, has now claimed on Monday that Iran was endangering the chance of concluding an accord with world powers over reviving its 2015 nuclear deal if it did not return to the negotiating table soon, Euro News reported.

“If it continues on this path, not only will it continue to delay when an agreement to lift sanctions can be reached, but it risks jeopardising the very possibility of concluding the Vienna talks and restoring the JCPOA,” or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll claimed. 

France's position comes as the West has not yet been able to reach a definite conclusion on returning to the JCPOA.

The seventh round of Vienna talks is expected to begin in late August after the new government takes office in Iran. 

Iran has held six rounds of talks with JCPOA participants known as the P4+1 with the aim of salvaging the JCPOA in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Tehran has insisted that it would resume full compliance with the deal after the full removal of the sanctions that the previous US administration under Trump illegally imposed on Tehran after its unilateral and illegitimate withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018. 

It has already stressed that it would leave the Vienna talks if they take too long and if its legitimate demands as per the JCPOA are not met. Anyway, the other parties, especially the Europeans seem to be killing time while the new US administration is still sticking to the Trump-era sanctions.

The current US administration has not yet fulfilled the promises Joe Biden made during his presidential elections campaigns to undo Trump's actions and return to the deal. In the meantime, Tehran has also stressed that the Biden administration's return to the agreement without lifting the sanctions is not important at all.

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