nuclear | Iran says France is now acting “reasonably”.

(Tehran) Iran’s foreign minister said France has changed its stance and stopped playing the “bad cop” role in the ongoing talks in Vienna in an attempt to salvage the nuclear deal.


“France played the role of a bad policeman, but today it behaves reasonably,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying on Sunday.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had estimated Friday that negotiations on Iran’s nuclear energy were moving on a “fairly positive track”, but reiterated the need to conclude them quickly.

“I am still convinced that a good agreement can be reached,” the French minister added. “I am still a bit optimistic about this subject and have a great desire to succeed.”

Talks to save the 2015 agreement, which was supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining atomic weapons, was relaunched at the end of November in Vienna after a five-month hiatus between Tehran and countries still part of the agreement (France, UK, Germany, Russia, China).

They aim to bring the United States, which it left in 2018, back into the agreement, and ensure the Islamic Republic once again respects its obligations, which it withdrew from in response to the reimposition of US sanctions.

Mr. Amir Abdollahian stressed that “the American side had unacceptable demands yesterday, but today we believe that it has adapted to the realities” of the situation.

“We are close to a good deal, but to conclude it in the short term, it is the other party that must abide,” he said.

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