Nuclear: E3 and US call on Iran to negotiate “in good faith”


by Jeff Mason

ROME (Reuters) – France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States on Saturday expressed “deep and growing” concern over what they consider “provocative” maneuvers by Iran in nuclear matters, including the production of highly enriched uranium.

In a statement issued after a meeting of the four heads of state on the sidelines of the G20 summit, the four powers call on Iran to resume negotiations “in good faith” to allow its return and that of the States. United in the 2015 nuclear deal.

The main Iranian negotiator said Wednesday during a visit to Brussels that the negotiations aimed at putting back on track the Common Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded in 2015 should resume “by the end of November”.

Asked about this in Rome on Saturday, US President Joe Biden confirmed that negotiations between the great powers and Tehran must resume, without providing a precise timetable.

An official in the Biden administration clarified that the meeting of the four Western leaders in the Italian capital was held at the initiative of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

At the end of their exchanges, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States recalled “the need for a negotiated solution allowing the return of Iran and the United States to respect the JCPOA. and laying the foundations for the pursuit of a diplomatic dialogue aimed at resolving other areas of concern, both ours and Iran’s ”.

Expressing “deep and growing concern at the accelerated pace of provocative Iranian nuclear measures”, the four countries recalled that “there is no credible civilian need in Iran” to produce uranium. highly enriched and enriched uranium metal, but that these activities are on the other hand “important for the production of a nuclear weapon”.

Negotiations with Iran resumed in April, in accordance with Joe Biden’s wish to bring the United States back into the 2015 agreement, from which his predecessor Donald Trump had taken them, pushing Tehran to increase violations of the JCPOA.

But they were suspended in June after the Iranian presidential election victory of ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raïssi, and have not resumed since that date.

(Report Jeff Mason, French version Tangi Salaün)


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