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Decision on Iran nuclear deal ‘days away’, says French foreign minister

“We are coming … to the hour of truth,” Le Drian mentioned of ongoing negotiations in Vienna to salvage the landmark deal — which former President Donald Trump deserted in 2018, and Tehran started to withdraw from a 12 months later.

“It’s not a matter of weeks, it’s a matter of days,” he mentioned.

Later on Wednesday, Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani struck an unusually optimistic notice, saying that events to the deal have been “closer than ever to an agreement.”

But Kani warned that negotiations may nonetheless fall via.

“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” he mentioned in a tweet. “Our negotiating partners need to be realistic, avoid intransigence and heed lessons of past 4yrs.”

“Time for their serious decisions,” Kani added.

Iran and the United States are engaged in a ultimate spherical of oblique talks — mediated by China, Russia and European events to the settlement — over a return to the 2015 nuclear settlement, often called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Analysts consider that failure to succeed in an settlement could lead on violence within the crisis-ridden area to spiral uncontrolled, with Iran quick approaching the nuclear threshold that may allow it to develop a nuclear weapon.

Tensions within the Middle East have escalated in current weeks, with Iran-backed Houthi militants launching unprecedented missile and drone assaults on the United Arab Emirates, thought of a haven of safety within the risky area. Saudi-led coalition forces combating the militant group retaliated with the deadliest offensive on Houthi-held components of northern Yemen in years, killing scores of individuals and knocking out the nation’s web.

In his feedback Wednesday, Le Drian warned {that a} breakdown within the Vienna talks would set off a “serious crisis.”

“Either [the Iranians] trigger a serious crisis in the days to come — we could do without that — or else they accept the agreement which respects the interests of all parties and particularly the interests of Iran,” he mentioned.

Le Drian mentioned the 2 and half months of negotiations in Vienna was “exhausting diplomatic work.”

Iran returned to oblique negotiations with the US shortly after President Joe Biden — who promised to return to the deal as a presidential nominee — took workplace. Iran had rejected repeated overtures by the Trump administration to return to the negotiations after the previous president withdrew from the deal.

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