Emmanuel Macron
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday expressed his disappointment to his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, at the lack of progress over talks on the 2015 nuclear agreement, the Elysee Palace said in a statement quoted by Reuters.

Macron urged Raisi to make a "clear choice" to reach a deal and go back to the implementation of Iran's commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, the Elysee Palace said.

The French President said he was convinced that such an outcome was still possible but that it should take place "as soon as possible," the French presidency said.

Iran scaled back its compliance with the 2015 deal, in response to former US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in May of 2018, but has held several rounds of indirect talks with the US on a return to the agreement.

An agreement was nearly reached before the talks stopped in March. US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley told lawmakers recently that the prospects for reaching a deal with Iran are “tenuous” at best.

In June, Iran began removing essentially all the monitoring equipment installed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the 2015 nuclear deal.

That move was the latest of several steps Iran had long threatened to take but held off carrying out until 30 of the 35 countries on the IAEA Board of Governors backed a resolution this month criticizing it for failing to explain uranium traces found at undeclared sites.

The conversation between Macron and Raisi came days after France's Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, said there were only a few weeks left to revive the deal and it was up to Iran to decide whether to sign what had been negotiated.

"The window of opportunity will close in a few weeks. There will not be a better accord to the one which is on the table," she warned.