Western parties negotiating with Tehran to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement have expressed pessimism about the Iranian government’s reluctance to engage in an understanding to complete the negotiations.
French President Emmanuel Macron said when receiving the new Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid that he regretted Tehran’s continued “refusal” to conclude the proposed understanding, declaring that “Iran still refuses to seize the opportunity available to it to reach a good agreement … and we will continue to coordinate with our partners to make the necessary efforts.” All to persuade Iran to act rationally.” He added, “We agree with Israel that this agreement will not be sufficient to contain Iran’s destabilizing activities, but I remain more convinced than ever that if Iran reaches the threshold of nuclear (power) it may carry out its activities more dangerously.”
In turn, Lapid urged his French host to return to his proposal in 2018 on concluding a new nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the current diplomatic impasse threatens an arms race in the Middle East.
In turn, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, warned yesterday that the space to revive the nuclear agreement may narrow soon. “If we want to make a deal, decisions should be made now,” he wrote on Twitter after a phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, adding that the deal could still be revived.
Hours earlier, the US special envoy to Iran, Rob Malley, said in a radio interview that “Tehran is now closer to having enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb.” “But of course we, as well as our partners, are concerned about the progress they’ve made in enrichment,” he added. Mali added that Tehran added demands that are not related to discussions about its nuclear program in the recent negotiations that took place in Doha.