France to hold talks with European powers and US on Iran

France, Germany, the UK and the US will hold talks over Iran and a 2015 deal on Iranian nuclear programme on Thursday. The Iranian government has insisted that the US reverse its sanctions before Iran begins compliance with the deal. However, the US said that it will not lift sanctions in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet his counterparts Heiko Maas of Germany and Dominic Raab of Britain in Paris, with Blinken joining via videoconference, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The European powers want to revive the nuclear deal that former President Donald Trump walked out of in 2018 but that the administration of Joe Biden has said it could rejoin if Tehran returns to compliance with the deal.

Analysts say only a small window of opportunity remains to save the landmark deal, which was dealt a near-fatal blow when former US president Donald Trump walked out of the accord in 2018.Adding to the tension, Iran plans to restrict some UN nuclear agency inspections if the US does not lift its sanctions imposed since 2018 by February 21, under the terms of a bill adopted by its parliament in December.

Adding to the tension, Iran plans to restrict some UN nuclear agency inspections if the US does not lift its sanctions imposed since 2018 by February 21, under the terms of a bill adopted by its parliament in December.

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