A deadlock over the 2015 nuclear deal remains between Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and French President Emmanuel Macron.
During the meeting, Raisi met with the President of the European Council Charles Michel, as well as the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and his deputy Enrique Mora, who serve as coordinators of the nuclear talks that started in April 2021. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani.
Following their separate talks, Bagheri and Mora discussed stalled efforts to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement the United States unilaterally abandoned in 2018.
According to Raisi’s website, the Iranian president stressed a major demand to his French counterpart that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conduct an investigation into several Iranian nuclear sites involving unexplained nuclear particles in order to conclude any agreement.
Raisi told Macron, “The agency’s approach towards technical issues must be away from pressures by others, and we believe that aching an argument will not be possible without closing Iran’s casses.”
He further added that Europe needs to manifest its policies are different from the US and do not act in accordance with US wishes and policies.