Source Raps France’s Obstructive Role in Vienna Talks

Source Raps France’s Obstructive Role in Vienna Talks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An informed Iranian source deplored France for its attempts to obstruct the latest round of talks in Vienna on the revival of the JCPOA, saying Paris’ two-day absence in the negotiations helped the parties make progress in preparing drafts.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told IRNA that the French negotiating team did not play a “constructive” role in the negotiations and that it significantly slowed down the pace talks by throwing a wrench in the process.

“The presence of French representatives at the G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool and their two-day absence at a time when delegations in Vienna were working on the drafts in the previous round of negotiations led to significant progress. However, after their return from Liverpool, a disruptive trend started again,” he said, Press TV reported.

“The drafts had reached an acceptable level (of agreement), but following the return of the French envoys from the Liverpool conference and their expression of opposition to the drafts, the course of the talks was disrupted. This gave rise to certain arguments in the internal meeting of the P4+1 countries,” the source added.

On Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian criticized “non-constructive” stances taken by some European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) during the previous round of the Vienna talks.

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