Iran says nuclear deal ‘closer than ever’ — Analysis

Tehran, however, still expects “serious decisions” from foreign partners, its top negotiator has pointed out

Iran and world powers are on the brink of reaching an agreement on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran’s top negotiator has said, though he added that the ball was now on the side of the deal’s other partners.

“After weeks of intensive talks, we are closer than ever to an agreement,” Ali Bagheri announcedFollow us on Twitter at night Wednesday

The diplomat cautioned against exaggerating the occasion, noting that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

He advised Iran’s negotiating partners to “be realistic, avoid intransigence”refraining from repeating past errors in dealing with the country. Tehran was expecting “serious decisions”Bagheri spoke from the other side.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also spoke about the deal on Thursday, telling his country’s Senate that “it is not a question of weeks, it is a question of days.”

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Iran must take political decisions. They have a very clear choice,” Le Drian said, warning that Tehran will “unleash a serious crisis in the next days”By not signing the agreement.

Since April 2013, talks in Vienna to revive the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have been ongoing. They’ve been difficult and were interrupted several times by long breaks.

Russia, China, France and Germany are currently directly in negotiations with Iran. The US is still an indirect participant. These countries are the signees for the 2015 original agreement.

In return for lifting international sanctions, Tehran was required to reduce its nuclear weapons program under the JCPOA.

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Trump unilaterally disassociated Washington from that landmark agreement in 2018. “the worst deal ever,”Tehran was subject to a series of restrictions.

This move shocked the rest of the signees while leading Iran to abandon its promises and resume enrichment of uranium.

After Trump was replaced by Joe Biden, attempts to revive the agreement began.

In early February, the US lifted some sanctions against Tehran, allowing foreign companies to engage in certain civilian projects at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station and some other facilities.

This was done to help facilitate the outcome of negotiations in Vienna.



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