FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is in talks to cooperate with Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro if sanctions against the Islamic Republic are lifted, possibly in the form of a joint venture, Germany's Manager Magazin cited Peugeot brand chief Maxime Picat as saying.
"We are speaking to our Iranian partners on a weekly basis about how and when we can start our activities," the monthly magazine quoted Picat as saying in an interview published on Friday.
"We are thinking about launching a joint venture with Khodro with which we could cover the whole spectrum from procurement to manufacturing and the sale of spare parts," Picat said.
Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement last month on curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation.
Picat said he hoped an agreement could be reached in June and sanctions would then be lifted.
PSA, which used to sell 400,000 Peugeot vehicles a year in Iran, would initially export higher-value models from Europe to Iran to "strengthen our image in Iran," Picat said, and later seek to make cheaper vehicles locally.