US, France warn Iran that time's ticking to revive nuclear deal

US, France warn Iran that time’s ticking to revive nuclear deal

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Paris: The foreign ministers of France and the United States warned Iran on Friday that time is running out for the country to save the nuclear deal, and they fear that if negotiations are delayed, Tehran’s sensitive atomic activities may advance.

During the first high-level visit of President Joe Biden’s administration to Paris, Secretary of State Anthony Brinken and his French host paid tribute to a new spirit of cooperation after four years of turmoil under Donald Trump’s leadership .

But the two parties said that one of Biden’s key promises—returning to the Iran nuclear program agreement that was undermined by Trump in 2015—would be at risk if the clerical regime did not make concessions during the months of talks in Vienna. .

Brinken warned that the United States and Iran still have “serious differences”, and that Iran has been negotiating since the hardliner Ibrahim Raisy won the presidential election last week.

“There will come a point, yes, where it will be very hard to return back to the standards set by the JCPOA,” Blinken told reporters, using the formal name of the accord.

“We haven’t reached that point — I can’t put a date on it — but it’s something that we’re conscious of.”

Blinken warned that if Iran “continues to spin ever more sophisticated centrifuges” and steps up uranium enrichment, it will bring nearer the “breakout” time at which it will be dangerously close to the ability to develop a nuclear bomb.

But Blinken said that Biden still supported a return to the accord, under which Iran had drastically scaled back its nuclear work until Trump withdrew in 2018 and imposed crippling sanctions.

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