On Friday, France’s foreign minister said some progress has been made this week during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna, a rare positive comment about the talks from Paris.
“I remain convinced we can reach a deal. Bits of progress had been made in the last few days,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. “We have been heading in a positive direction in the last few days, but time is of the essence, because if we don’t get an accord quickly there will be nothing to negotiate.”
Before this week, the US and its allies involved in the JCPOA negotiations have been accusing Iran of not taking the process seriously. But now it appears the Western powers are backing down a bit as it’s clear Tehran won’t accept a bad deal.
Russia’s envoy in Vienna wrote on Twitter that all participants in the talks now “recognize that some progress is being made towards an agreement on restoration of JCPOA and sanctions lifting.”
What the talks come down to is whether or not the Biden administration is willing to give Iran the proper sanctions relief to revive the JCPOA. On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said a deal could be reached if the US lifts sanctions and gives guarantees that it won’t pull out of the agreement again.