French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expected to announce an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program at the Vienna talks this week.
He further warned that Iran “may blow up the talks at any moment,”.
Le Drian said in exclusive statements dedicated to the Israeli newspaper “Maariv”, which was published recently, that the level of those who will sign the agreement has not yet been determined.
He warned Iran against trying to “blast” the agreement at the last minute, putting forward new demands and provoking a severe international crisis.
The French foreign minister and his European counterparts are scheduled to meet for “coordination and clarification” talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who will attend the Munich Security Conference, which is being held in Germany from Friday to Sunday.
It is unclear whether the Iranian minister will meet in Munich with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken or US Vice President Kamala Harris, who will participate in the conference.
Reuters quoted diplomats as saying that a US-Iranian agreement is in the process of reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, which charts reciprocal steps from the two sides in stages to reach full compliance, but the first of these steps do not include exemptions from oil sanctions.
The draft agreement, which is more than 20 pages long, provides for a set of steps that must be implemented once approved, starting with a phase that includes Iran’s suspension of enrichment above 5%, according to what three diplomats familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.
Officials estimate the period from the day of the agreement until the day of its re-implementation at between one and three months.