17:14 GMT23 July 2021
Listen Live
    World
    Get short URL
    by
    4241
    Subscribe

    This comes after the Iranian government's spokesman, Ali Rabiei, said on Tuesday that Iran has produced around 114kg of highly enriched uranium in the past five months.

    'Brave decisions' need to be taken soon to revive the Iran nuclear deal, the French Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said on Wednesday, according to Reuters. 

    "This presupposes brave decisions, which will have to be taken quickly because we all share the observation that time is not on anyone's side," the spokeswoman said, cited by the agency.

    The ministry added that significant disagreements persist in negotiations to revive the JCPOA.

    Earlier in the day, the UN nuclear watchdog said that it will be necessary to wait for the formation of the new Iranian government to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

    Iran is holding presidential elections on Friday, and the country's new president will have to name his cabinet by mid-August.

    The sixth round of talks aimed at reviving the JCPOA resumed in Vienna on Saturday. Earlier this week, the Iranian government's spokesman Ali Rabiei said that Iran has produced around 114kg of highly enriched uranium since January. 

    Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran (File)
    © AP Photo / HASAN SARBAKHSHIAN
    Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran (File)

    In late 2020, the Iranian parliament passed a bill requiring the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to start refining uranium to at least 20 percent fissile purity should the US economic sanctions not be lifted. It also said that Iran must produce 120kg of 20 percent-enriched uranium a year, well above the 3.67 percent limit agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers. After the US quit the deal in 2018, Iran said it would begin gradually backtracking on its commitments unless European signatories would help it bypass the US sanctions. 

    Tags:
    decisions, France, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
    Community standardsDiscussion