The Iranian delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi, held lengthy talks with French officials on Monday on the Iranian nuclear issue.
According to him, the meeting lasted on the eve of 10 hours.
The negotiators focused on possible options for further developing the initiatives proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron on a nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA).
It was agreed that both parties will continue to work hard to work on these options and will intensify consultations with all parties involved.
Negotiations of the Iranian and French delegations took place in Paris amid the expected third stage of Iran’s refusal to fulfill its obligations under the JCPOA. The Iranian side promises later this week to begin the next phase of the refusal to fulfill obligations under the agreement if European countries can not offer a way to implement the economic obligations stipulated by the agreement regarding Tehran.
Earlier, Iranian media reported that French President Emmanuel Macron proposed to provide a credit line of $ 15 billion for pre-purchases of Iranian oil as a condition for Tehran to resume fulfilling its obligations under the nuclear deal.
The amount will be paid in three stages. In exchange, Macron proposed that Iran not launch the third phase of reducing obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue and possibly abandon the already implemented first two stages of withdrawal from its obligations.
Ensuring conditions for continued oil exports is one of the main conditions put forward by Iran to resume full implementation of the provisions of the JCPOA.
On May 8 last year, US President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the JCPOA and the restoration of financial and economic sanctions, including a complete ban on the export of Iranian oil.
European countries – Great Britain, Germany and France – for the sake of maintaining the JCPOA promised to create a payment mechanism to continue trade with Iran, bypassing US sanctions. However, until now, this mechanism could not be extended to the oil sector of the Islamic Republic.
On May 8 this year, Tehran announced the first stage of reduction of obligations under the JCPOA. After 60 days, on July 7, Iran embarked on a second phase of reduction, giving the Euroзу another 60 days to satisfy its economic interests. This deadline expires on September 4-5.
Meanwhile, Iran’s government spokesman, Ali Rabiya, said Monday that Tehran’s and Paris’s positions on the JCPOA have converged over the past few days.