France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said on Tuesday that Iran and world powers are still far from any agreement to revive the 2015 nuclear deal despite recent progress.

“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.

Iran has gradually scaled back its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with world powers in response to former US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in May of 2018.

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

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