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French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said Tuesday that “the window of opportunity will close in a few weeks” to relaunch Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal.
Speaking to MPs, Colonna accused Iran of using delaying tactics and ignoring previous agreements, all while continuing to enrich uranium.
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“There is still a window of opportunity for Iran to finally decide to accept a deal it has worked for, but time is passing,” Colonna said. “Time passes. Tehran must realize this.”
Last week, US envoys for talks to restore the deal said Iran added requests unrelated to discussions about its nuclear program as it was conducting an alarming uranium enrichment trial.
Colonna continued: “The window of opportunity will close in a few weeks. There will be no better deal than what’s on the table.”
The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was an agreement reached between Iran and the Obama administration aimed at limiting the enrichment of Iranian uranium in exchange for the US lifting international sanctions on the regime.
In 2018, then President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, declaring it too soft on Iran, and began to impose tough economic sanctions on the country. In response, Iran began violating the agreement and resumed enriching uranium.
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Iran has entered into separate agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency to install cameras in their enrichment centers to monitor progress, but in 2021 Iran successfully enriched 33.2 kilograms of uranium to 60% in the its Natanz facility. It is generally accepted that 20% is required for a nuclear warhead.
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Mohammad Eslami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, released a statement on adding new centrifuges to their Fordow enrichment center, stating: “This issue has been pursued in the field of the strategic action plan. and the completion of the chains in accordance with the objectives of the law, and in line with this law ”.