Iran’s chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi said that Sunday is the last day of the sixth round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna and it is time for the opposite parties to make the final decision.
Araqchi added that during this stage the delegations are closer than ever to achieving a common understanding, stressing that some of the main points have been resolved, and that the features of the remaining points of contention have become clear to everyone. Read also The battle of the Iran nuclear deal and the agendas of American think tanks Will the Vienna negotiations succeed in resolving the Iranian nuclear deal crisis? The 13th chief of the Mossad… How does he deal with the Iranian nuclear program? What challenges await him in Washington?
International negotiators will meet in Vienna on Sunday in an effort to revive the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major powers, after conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential elections in Iran.
The meeting is part of the ongoing talks since the beginning of last April aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal.
Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s envoy to the EU-led talks, said Sunday’s meeting “will decide which course to take.” “An agreement on restoring the nuclear deal is within reach, but it has not yet been finalized,” Ulyanov wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Representatives of the parties to the agreement – Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran – will meet in Vienna, with indirect US participation.
Talks focus on lifting sanctions imposed on Tehran in return for curbing its nuclear program.
The landmark nuclear deal has faltered since the United States withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran. This has prompted Tehran to increase its nuclear activities, which have been banned under the deal since 2019.
Ebrahim Raisi won the Iranian presidential elections with 62% of the vote. Negotiators said the results of the presidential election were not expected to affect the talks, although Raisi’s views are widely seen as different from those of his predecessor, President Hassan Rouhani.
For its part, the American newspaper “The New York Times” said that senior aides to President Joe Biden participating in the Vienna talks believe that the moment has come to reach an agreement with Iran.
The newspaper added that senior Biden aides say that the next six weeks before the inauguration of Ibrahim Raisi offers a unique window to reach a final agreement with the Iranian leadership.
She stated that US and Iranian officials say that the Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, wants to revive the nuclear agreement with the West in order to lift sanctions.
The newspaper pointed out that there is a belief in Tehran and Washington that Khamenei was running the scene of elections and negotiations on the nuclear program and did not want to give up the hope of lifting sanctions on Iran.
The New York Times noted that the Iranians demanded a written commitment that no future US government would be able to cancel the agreement, as former US President Donald Trump did.