“The discussions are ongoing. They are slow, too slow and that creates a gap that jeopardizes the chance of finding a solution that respects the interests of all sides,” Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing, according to the Reuters news agency.
“Bits of progress were made at the end of December, but we are still far from concluding this negotiation,” he added.
However, it has held indirect talks with the US on reviving the deal. Negotiations to restore the deal resumed in late November after they were suspended in June.
Western diplomats have indicated they are hoping to have