Sunday, 22 September 2019

Iran voices optimism over nuclear deal after talks with France

PARIS: Iran and France have moved closer in their views on the future of Tehran’s nuclear deal with the west after talks between the countries’ presidents, the Iranian government has said. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, spoke for two hours by telephone, a spokesman said, as Paris continued its diplomatic initiative to salvage the deal, which has been at risk of unravelling since the US withdrew last year.“Fortunately the points of views have become closer on many issues and now technical discussions are being held on ways to carry out the Europeans’ commitments,” said the Iranian government spokesman, Ali Rabiei.

The deal was brokered in 2015 and included Iran agreeing to limit its nuclear.

activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions, in particular on oil exports. But after Donald Trump withdrew the US and re-imposed sanctions, Tehran increased its uranium enrichment and stockpiles and threatened further breaches of the agreement.Macron has reportedly been trying to launch a $15bn credit line to pre-purchase.

Iran’s oil, but it is not clear if the US would allow such a move or sanction any company or country that sought to buy Iranian oil. In pulling out of the nuclear deal last year, the US vowed to drive Iran’s oil exports to zero to pressure Tehran into renegotiating the deal struck with Barack Obama. Tehran is unlikely to settle for any deal that does not allow it to export a minimum 700,000 barrels a day. Current

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