World powers to meet Iran at UN to push for return of nuclear talks – France
NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (Reuters) – British, Chinese, French, German and Russian ministers will meet with Iran at the United Nations later this week to try to give new impetus to stalled talks on relaunching a nuclear deal in 2015, the French foreign minister said on Monday.
A sixth round of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington was postponed in June after hard-line Ebrahim Raisi was elected to head Iran. Raisi took office on August 5.
Since April, Iran and world powers have been trying to figure out how Tehran and Washington can both return to respecting the nuclear pact, which former US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions on Tehran.
“The negotiations must restart,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. “Time is running out against a possible agreement. We must take advantage of this week to relaunch these talks. Iran must agree to come back as quickly as possible by appointing its representatives for the negotiations.”
Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is due to meet with her Iranian counterpart Amir Abdollahian in New York on Monday, as high-level officials meet at the United Nations Annual General Assembly.
“The UK, US and our international partners are fully committed to a nuclear deal, but every day that Iran continues to delay talks while stepping up its own nuclear program means there are fewer space for diplomacy, ”she said in a statement.
Reporting by Michelle Nicols and John Irish; edited by Grant McCool
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