France said on Wednesday that a draft deal on the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, is ready for implementation.
“The draft agreement on resuming compliance with the JCPOA has been ready for more than two months. That is why the E3 negotiators left Vienna. They were convinced that it could be finalized within a very short time,” a spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry said, referring to the three European parties to the JCPOA, France, Britain and Germany.
Direct talks between Iran and China, Russia and the E3 and with the United States indirectly to resurrect the JCPOA have been on hold since March, over the US refusal to meet Iran’s key demands including the removal of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its list of designated “terrorist” organizations.
Iran said over the weekend that the standoff at the Vienna talks could be resolved if the US accepts its solutions.
“If they have the will to return, we are ready and an agreement is within reach,” Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said of the US and its European allies.
The French spokesperson urged the parties to “take a responsible approach and to urgently make the decisions” that are needed to finalize this agreement.
On Friday, Iran and the European Union harbored hope that the stalled process would reach an agreement, following a trip to Tehran by the EU coordinator to the negotiations.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said on Friday that a “good and reliable outcome is within reach if US makes its decision and adheres to its commitments”.