French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said on Tuesday that the window of opportunity for Iran to agree to the conditions of the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal or JCPOA, is narrowing.
Addressing French parliamentarians, Colonna said that the window will “close in a few weeks,” potentially bringing to an end the 2015 deal that still remains in place in several European countries.
U.S. President Donald Trump famously scrapped the deal in 2018.
“There is still a window of opportunity for Iran to finally decide to accept an accord which it worked to build, but time is passing,” the French minister said. “Time is passing. Tehran must realize this.”
Colonna also warned that the upcoming midterm elections in November could make it even harder to make a deal with Iran, as Democrats look set to lose control of at least one chamber of Congress.
Stressing that there are only weeks until the deal can be made, Colonna also said that there will “not be a better accord to the one which is on the table.”
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Last week, Tehran said that the government seeks to establish a strong and lasting nuclear agreement with all world powers. Comments from Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian came after a meeting with U.S. ally Qatar.
“We are determined to seek a good, strong and lasting accord, and despite American claims … we have not raised any demands outside of the nuclear deal,” the Iranian foreign minister said in a joint press conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed in Tehran.
The Qatari foreign minister had just discussed the topic with Iranian officials. The meeting also came one week after Tehran negotiated with European Union officials as part of the ongoing indirect U.S.-Iran talks on the nuclear deal.
According to a senior U.S. official, who conferred with Reuters about the recent meetings on the condition of anonymity, the talks actually made the chances of making a deal worse.
“The prospects for a deal after Doha are worse than they were before Doha and they will be getting worse by the day,” the official said.
“You could describe Doha at best as treading water, at worst as moving backwards. But at this point treading water is for all practical purposes moving backwards.”
Tehran has repeatedly insisted that a deal with the United States would require the White House to drop Trump-era sanctions placed on the country. The move would be a significant backdown for President Joe Biden and the White House, and would also give Iran a significant economic boost.
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July 14, 2022 at 11:34 am
The Obama “Iran nuclear deal” is a piece of crap and must be scrapped. Obama is a traitor to the United States!
July 15, 2022 at 11:31 am
It is Trump in denying the word of the United States in an agreement signed by all the major powers to monitor Iranian activity that is a traitor to the nation. Why do you now that Tehran trusts a country that tears up treaties as soon as a new administration comes to power?
July 15, 2022 at 2:30 pm
The Iran Nuclear deal is the epitome of political theater. Funding a terrorist nation to stop researching and developing nuclear weapons is stupid. This was a Neville Chamberlain moment for the limp wristed globalist class to show the world they mean business… all the while Iran still worked on their programs in secret and the Globalists let them do they wouldn’t look stupid.
Yeah. Let this expire. Who cares if Iran has 1 nuke. What are they going to do with it? Exactly.
July 15, 2022 at 9:52 pm
Are you just blind? Other than invading Iran, which has 85 million people (Afghanistan: 40 million, Iraq: 43 million, just to remind you of the facts), a major world power agreement with Iran is the best way to limit the proliferation risks. You have seen North Korea infinitely poorer than Iran having an arsenal that threatens all its cousins despite UN sanctions. This demonstrates that threats do not work, the country must also have advantages has given up such a program.