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Iran’s nuclear nuclear… Positions of Tehran and Washington “remain far apart”

“Despite the slight progress in the Vienna negotiations, we are still far from achieving the necessary balance in the commitments of the parties,” Shamkhani wrote in a tweet.

AFP quoted the Iranian official as saying: “Political decisions in Washington require finding a balance in commitments to reach a good agreement.”

Iran and the powers that are still part of the agreement on its nuclear program (France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China), with indirect US participation, are engaged in negotiations in Vienna with the aim of reviving the 2015 agreement that Washington unilaterally withdrew from in 2018.

The talks, with their broad title, aim to return the United States to the board of the agreement and lift the sanctions it imposed on Iran after its withdrawal from it, in return for the latter’s return to respecting its nuclear commitment, which gradually began to retreat from most of it after Washington exited the agreement, its official name is the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”

Tehran stresses the priority of lifting the sanctions of the era after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement, verifying that they are lifted in practice, and obtaining guarantees that the US withdrawal will not be repeated.

On the other hand, the United States and the European parties focus on Iran’s return to full respect for its commitments in the agreement.

“not enough”

Shamkhani’s statement on Sunday came the day after Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian considered US measures to lift sanctions “good” but still “insufficient”, after Washington announced the restoration of exemptions from sanctions related to Tehran’s civilian nuclear program.

Amir Abdollahian reiterated his country’s position in contact with Josep Borrell, the European Union foreign minister who is coordinating the talks.

Abdullahian talked about achieving “some positive developments (…), but they still do not meet our expectations,” according to a statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

“We are looking for a good agreement with determination and frankness, but with the same frankness and determination we affirm the protection of our red lines and our national interests,” he added.

“Unfortunately, the nuclear agreement in recent years has not met Iran’s economic interests and we will reach a good agreement when it provides us with economic benefits in a sustainable and reliable way,” he added.

Earlier, after the US measure regarding the exemptions, Shamkhani considered that “the realistic, effective and achievable economic benefit from Iran is a necessary condition for reaching an agreement.”

The current round of talks was suspended at the end of last week for the negotiators to return to their capitals to consult, with the negotiations reaching a stage that requires “political decisions.” It is expected to resume in the coming days.

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