| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

France: Consultations Ongoing on Response to Iran’s Lack of Cooperation with IAEA

France said on Thursday it was consulting with its allies over how to respond to Iran’s lack of cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, a day after Tehran announced it would return to nuclear talks with world powers at the end of November.


“Together with our partners, we remain very attentive to ensuring that Iran respects its commitments, and we remain in close consultation on the response to be provided,” Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters in a daily briefing.


The agency will hold its board of governors meeting before the nuclear talks resume. Western parties to the nuclear deal have called for Iran to resume dialogue and cooperation with the agency immediately.


Talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume on Nov. 29, the country’s top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday.


“We agreed to start the negotiations aiming at removal of unlawful & inhumane sanctions on 29 November in Vienna,” Ali Bagheri Kani wrote in a tweet later confirmed in US and EU statements.


EU envoy Enrique Mora, who led six rounds of talks earlier this year and recently flew to Tehran to seek progress, will again chair the meeting, the European Union announced.


Tehran and six powers started to discuss ways to salvage the nuclear pact in April. It has eroded since 2018, when then-US President Donald Trump withdrew from it and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to breach mandated limits on uranium enrichment the following year.


Negotiations have been on hold since the June election of hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is expected to take a tough approach when they resume in Vienna.


The six rounds of talks held so far have been indirect, with chiefly European diplomats shuttling between US and Iranian officials because Iran refuses direct contact with the United States.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat