France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday that progress has been made regarding the Iran nuclear talks, but meanwhile said time is running out of hand.
Mr. Drian said though Iran rejected any deadline but the representatives remained convinced that they can reach a deal soon.
“We have seen a bit of progress in the last few days, ” Mr. Drain told BFM TV and RMC Radio.
“We have been heading in a positive direction in the last few days, but time is of the essence, because if we don’t get an accord quickly there will be nothing to negotiate,” Mr. Drain added.
Representatives from Iran, the European Union and the P4+1 group of countries (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) resumed the eighth round of the Vienna talks on Monday on salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
The negotiating teams and their countries have shown their willingness to pave the ground for reaching a final agreement in order to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and remove sanctions by the US on Iran.
The western diplomats said they expect to have a breakthrough by the end of January or early February, but at the same time expressed concern over slow progress as they said negotiators had weeks not months.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday said Vienna talks are apparently moving in a positive direction, but said his country wants all sanctions to be lifted and also the US should provide guarantees that it will not pull out again.
Former US President Donald Trump abandoned 2015 Iran’s deal in 2018, imposing new sanctions on Iran.
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