France, Germany and China push for Iran nuclear deal

France, Germany and China push for Iran nuclear deal

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed there is still a 'window of opportunity' to reach the 2015 nuclear deal. The three leaders held a video meeting Monday (5/7).

UMMATIMES - A French government official said the three heads of government agreed that negotiations on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should be reached 'immediately' and the risk of nuclear proliferation should be avoided. The official asked not to be named due to French presidential office regulations.

The three government leaders also agreed the deal should be 'done now' to avoid threats to the region. He added the message was to encourage negotiators to complete negotiations that had been at a stalemate for months.

In negotiations that have been held for six months in Vienna, the countries that are still members of the JCPOA namely Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and Iran are trying to resolve the issue of how the United States (US) rejoins the agreement. Then how Iran returned to comply with the terms in the agreement.

In 2018, the US under Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the agreement. But President Joe Biden wants the US to rejoin.

The last negotiations on this matter were held on 20 June. It is not yet known when the meeting to return to the negotiating table will resume.

The JCPOA aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran has always denied it wants to produce such weapons of mass destruction.

France and Germany said Macron, Merkel and Xi also discussed EU relations with China. They discussed international trade, climate and biodiversity protection and cooperation in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic.