French foreign minister says ‘window is closing’ on Iran nuclear deal

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newly appointed French Foreign Minister Katherine Colonna said on Tuesday that “the window of opportunity will close in a few weeks” for resuming the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Speaking to parliamentarians, Colonna accused Iran of using delaying tactics and ignoring previous agreements while continuing to enrich uranium.

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“Is there some more window of opportunity for Iran to finally make the decision to accept the agreement he was working to create, but time is running out,” said Colonna, “time is running out. Tehran must realize this.”

In this Jan.  November 13, 2015 file photo released by the Office of the President of Iran shows President Hassan Rouhani visiting the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant near Bushehr, Iran.

In this Jan. November 13, 2015 file photo released by the Office of the President of Iran shows President Hassan Rouhani visiting the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant near Bushehr, Iran.
(AP Photo/Presidential Office of Iran, Mohammad Berno, file)

Last week, US officials at talks to restart the deal said Iran had added demands unrelated to discussions of its nuclear program, while the uranium enrichment process was worrying.

The column continued: “The window of opportunity will close in a few weeks. There will be no better agreement than the one on the table.”

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for 2015 was a deal struck between Iran and the Obama administration aimed at limiting uranium enrichment in Iran in exchange for the lifting by the United States of international sanctions against the regime.

Iranian protesters burn a photo of French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump during a protest against Macron and the publication of what they consider blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in front of the French embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, October 10.  28, 2020.

Iranian protesters burn a photo of French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump during a protest against Macron and the publication of what they consider blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in front of the French embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, October 10. 28, 2020.
(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noruzi)

In 2018 then-President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal declaring it too soft in relation to Iran, and began to apply tough economic sanctions to the country. In response, Iran began to violate the deal and resumed uranium enrichment.

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Iran has made separate agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to install cameras in its enrichment centers to monitor progress, but in 2021 Iran successfully enriched 33.2 kg of uranium to 60% at its Natanz facility. It is generally accepted that 20% is required for a nuclear warhead.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (right) sits in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, in this image published by the official website of the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran, in January.  23, 2019.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (right) sits in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, in this image published by the official website of the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran, in January. 23, 2019.
(Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran via AP)

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This was stated by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami. new centrifuges are added to its enrichment center in Fordow, stating: “This matter has been addressed in the area of ​​the strategic action plan and completion of chains in accordance with the purposes of the law and in accordance with this law.”