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UK NewsMacron hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for talks on nuclear deal

17:30  23 august  2019
17:30  23 august  2019 Source:   france24.com

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The Iranian foreign minister said Tehran is ready to discuss it. The 2015 international agreement lifted French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said he has new proposals on what the Responding to the news on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated

The ministers of foreign affairs of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, China, the European Union and Iran (Lausanne The Iran nuclear deal framework was a preliminary framework agreement reached in 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group of world

Macron hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for talks on nuclear deal © Screen grab France 24 French President Emmanuel Macron held talks with Iran’s foreign minister Friday ahead of a G7 meeting, where he will attempt to soothe tensions between Tehran and Washington at what risks being a stormy summit.

“We’re at a critical moment,” Macron warned on Wednesday, acknowledging that Iran is “laying out a strategy for exiting the JCPOA”, the name of the 2015 accord reining in the country’s nuclear ambitions.

He admitted this week there were “true disagreements” over Iran within the G7 club of the world’s biggest economies, which are meeting in France this weekend.

But Macron had pledged to “try to propose things” in the talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Elysée Palace on Friday.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif talks to NPR's Steve Inskeep about U.S.- Iran relations, the Iran nuclear Mohammad Javad Zarif , Iran 's Foreign Minister , in New York City on April 23, 2018. Do you view President Macron as being on your side in this dispute? Well, we have good relations with

Mohammad Javad Zarif announces his resignation in an Instagram post, apologising for "shortcomings". Image caption Mr Zarif played an important role negotiating the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord. Iran 's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said he is stepping down, in a

France has stepped up its outreach to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, with Macron twice dispatching his diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne to Tehran in recent months.

“President Rouhani instructed me to go and meet with President Macron (to see) whether we can finalise some of these proposals in order to be able to have everybody comply with their obligations under the JCPOA,” Zarif said in Norway on Thursday.

“It’s an opportunity to review the proposal by President Macron and to present the views of President Rouhani and see if we can find more common ground. We already have some common ground.”

The nuclear deal has all but collapsed after US President Donald Trump pulled the US out unilaterally in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions that have wreaked havoc on the Iranian economy.

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Iran ’s foreign minister , Mohammad Javad Zarif , has said that if the US pulls out of the nuclear deal , Tehran would be “highly unlikely” to remain inside and the consequences “will not be very pleasant for the United States”. After Netanyahu’s presentation, Zarif described it on Twitter as a “rehash of old

Mohammad Javad Zarif (Persian: محمدجواد ظریف‎; Persian pronunciation: [mohæmːædd͡ʒæˌvɒːde zæˌɾiːf]; born 7 January 1960) is an Iranian career diplomat and academic.

Tensions have only worsened since then, with both Tehran and Washington claiming to have shot down rival drones in the Mideast in recent weeks.

Iran has also locked horns with Britain, with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seizing a British tanker in July after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar.

The European signatories to the landmark 2015 deal vowed to find a workaround to keep it alive, and have implored Tehran to respect the deal nonetheless.

But in July, it announced its nuclear programme would no longer be bound by some of the deal’s key restrictions.

“They can be reversed as soon as Europe comes into compliance with its own obligations under the JCPOA,” Zarif said Thursday.

UK stands behind deal

Macron’s diplomacy is a delicate task, with France seeking a rollback on some of the US measures imposed on Iran as part of Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy towards the Islamic republic, which says its nuclear programme is peaceful.

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File image of Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif . France is a partner to the 2015 nuclear deal and has led European efforts to salvage the landmark accord since US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it last year and reimposed sanctions on Iran .

Foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted that the measures Iran had taken to scale back its commitment to the nuclear deal were reversible if the European In March 2013 the United States began a series of secret bilateral talks with Iranian officials in Oman, led by William Joseph Burns and Jake Sullivan

French diplomats have raised the idea of US waivers on sanctions affecting Iranian oil exports to India and China, or a new credit line for Tehran that could help the struggling economy.

That prompted US President Donald Trump to accuse Macron of sending Tehran “mixed signals” in his attempt to broker fresh talks between the longtime adversaries.

But Trump appears to be the outlier among America’s G7 partners on Iran, despite speculation that Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who claims a close personal rapport with the US leader, might be more amenable to endorsing his stance.

>> Greek prime minister on FRANCE 24: Iranian oil tanker ‘not headed for Greece’

On Friday, a British diplomatic source said the UK would continue to back the 2015 nuclear deal, which it helped broker, as the “best way” of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“We are strong supporters” of the nuclear deal, said the official, asking not to be named, though he added that if Trump has other ideas “we are very happy to talk about them”.

This comes despite a diplomatic row between Britain and Iran, sparked when British authorities seized an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 and held it for a month. Gibraltar subsequently rejected a US demand for the seizure of the tanker on the grounds that it had links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which Washington has designated a terrorist organisation.

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The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, set sail on Sunday, ostensibly for Greece. But in an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 this week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the tanker was not heading to his country.

“We have not received a request for it to dock in a Greek port,” Mitsotakis said.

Iran had earlierseized a British oil tanker in July in the Strait of Hormuz, the main waterway linking oil producers in the Middle East to markets around the world.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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