Iranian Dep. FM meets with french diplomat in Paris

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, who is in Paris on the first stage of his trip to several European countries, met with Philippe Errera the Director-General for international relations and strategy in the French foreign ministry, on Tuesday.

Iran PressEurope: No details have been released yet, and the Iranian diplomat is scheduled to leave Paris for Berlin tonight, then to Britain and Spain at the end.

"Following recent consultations with foreign colleagues, will meet several European counterparts in the coming days. Exchanges on bilateral and regional issues AWA future talks are on the agenda," Ali Bagheri Kani tweeted.

"I shall spare no effort in advancing our national interests including the removal of illegal sanctions," he added.

After 13 years of intensive international negotiations, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was concluded on July 14, 2015. One week later, UN Security Council ratified Resolution No. 2231 and attached to Annex A of the resolution.

Yet, after Donald Trump took office as the US President in January 2017 and took a few preliminary steps to fulfill the deal, he unilaterally withdrew from the agreement on May 8, 2018, and introduced the harshest sanctions in history against Iran in line with his 'maximum pressure' campaign against the Islamic Republic.

In a counter-sanctions measure, Iran's Supreme National Security Council started a series of scale-backs measures to stop the implementation of voluntary commitments to the JCPOA, within the framework of the very deal.

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Iran has repeatedly stated that if the other parties remaining in the JCPOA decide to implement their obligations in accordance with the agreement, it will stop the scale-backs.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA started talks in April in Vienna to revive the deal. The US, under the Joe Biden administration, was also participating in the Vienna talks indirectly.

Six rounds of talks were held until June. However, the talks failed to produce a breakthrough as the United States raised new issues not related to the original JCPOA. For example, the US tried to include Iran’s missile program and its regional policies in a possible revitalization of the multilateral agreement. Moreover, the Biden administration also tried to extend the limits on Iran’s nuclear program which will be automatically lifted in the future years.

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of economic and financial sanctions.


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