PARIS, October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - A pending visit to Tehran by the European Union coordinator for talks aimed at relaunching the Iran nuclear deal is vital for its future, France said on Wednesday, questioning the commitment of the new uncompromising Iranian administration to save the pact.
Enrique Mora, the director EU policy, is expected to hold talks on Thursday with members of Iran's nuclear negotiating team four months after talks between Iran and world powers, including the United States, halted , to relaunch the 2015 agreement.
"Through its statements and actions on the ground, the new Iranian administration of President (Ebrahim) Raissi questions its intention to return to the Joint Global Action Plan (JCPoA), "French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters during a daily online briefing.
"While refusing to negotiate, Iran creates facts about the conditions which further complicate the return to the JCPoA. It is therefore in a context of crisis and at a critical moment for the future of the nuclear agreement that this trip from ... Mora to Tehran is taking place.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly stated that it will return to negotiations "soon " without giving any idea what this really means. Western diplomats have tentatively said a return to the Vienna talks may be possible before the end of October.
Legendre added that Tehran should also be clear on its intentions if it returns to talks.
Since then-US President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018 and reimposed thes sanctions against Iran, Tehran replenished stocks of enriched uranium, refined it to higher levels of fissile purity, and installed advanced centrifuges to speed up production.
Chairman Joe Bi den aims to restore the deal, but the parties disagree on what action to take and when.
Key issues include the nuclear limits that Tehran will accept, the sanctions Washington will withdraw, whether there will be any guarantees and the prospect of follow-up talks on the future nuclear program of the Iran, regional and ballistic missile activities, diplomats said.
"According to recent regional and international consultations, I will host @eu_eeas on Thursday Deputy Secretary General @enriquemora _, "Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani, who is expected to lead the news bornnegotiations with Iran. the team, said in a Twitter message on Wednesday.
"Exchange views on bilateral and regional issues, including Afghanistan, as well as talks on the removal of cruel sanctions, are on the agenda. " Report by John Irish and Parisa Hafezi Editing by Mark Heinrich
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