- The new proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron was presented to Iran two weeks ago during the Group of Seven meetings.
- The Iranian deputy foreign minister's next day visit comes as Iranian media reported last night on several hours of talks between the presidents of Iran and France.
- Mr. Zarif is scheduled to hold talks with Russia's Foreign Minister tomorrow on the latest developments in Iran.
Abbas Arakchi, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, will visit Paris on Monday to discuss a new proposal given by the French president. The announcement was made by Mahmoud Vaezi, the head of the Iranian president’s office, who said his goal was to “review the new Macron proposal.”
According to the head of the office, an economic team from various sectors will also accompany the Iranian diplomatic mission to clarify the size of the French president’s contributions. According to Mr. Vaezi, the new proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron was presented to Iran two weeks ago during the Group of Seven meetings.
“The proposal comes as a result of the two-hour telephone conversation between the presidents of Iran and France, as a blueprint for both presidents’ talks,” he said. Mr. Vaezi has also announced that the Islamic Republic will put forward a third step to suspend its nuclear obligations “if Iran’s demands are not met.”
The Iranian deputy foreign minister’s next day visit comes as Iranian media reported last night on several hours of talks between Hassan Rouhani and Emmanuel Macron.
The Iranian president said in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart, “fulfillment of the two sides’ commitments in the JCPOA deal and ensuring free shipping on all waterways, including the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, are two of Iran’s main goals in the current negotiations.”
Mr. Rouhani also said, “if Europe fails to meet its commitments, Iran will take the third step in reducing its obligations, which would be the same as other steps.”
Iranian News Agencies also reported about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Mr. Zarif is scheduled to hold talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister tomorrow on the latest developments in Iran.
In its latest periodic report on Iran’s nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tehran will continue to enrich uranium at a level higher than the ceiling set in JCPOA deal.
According to the IAEA’s secret report, uranium enrichment in Iran continues at 3.67 percent, well above the ceiling set by the Iranian nuclear deal and world powers.
Accordingly, Iran’s enriched uranium reserves amounted to 1500 kilograms, more than the 300-kilogram ceiling.
Iran has stated that, given the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and the failure of European powers to meet its demands, it will gradually reduce its commitment to a nuclear deal.
The current level of uranium enrichment in Iran continues to be substantially lower than the 2 percent pre-nuclear enrichment level, and is far from the 2 percent enrichment required for a nuclear bomb.
France is a supporter of Iran and an opponent to the Iranian embargo, but US President Donald Trump, who withdrew from the agreement last spring, insists on stepping up pressure on Iran to allow Iranian officials to negotiate directly with him.
He believes that Iran’s negotiation with the US under former President Barack Obama has resulted in a “bad deal.”
However, Mr. Trump, who had traveled to southern France last week to attend the G-7 summit, told reporters there was “no problem” with Mr. Macron’s efforts to ease tensions between Washington and Tehran.