A senior European Union official said that Vienna’s negotiations on reviving the Iranian nuclear deal could witness the signing of an agreement next week that Washington confirmed is in its interest, while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need to resolve major issues.
A source familiar with the progress of the Vienna negotiations stated that a draft agreement had been reached between the countries participating in the talks, noting that the remaining differences mainly related to some outstanding details, and what he described as the necessary mutual concessions.
According to the same source, these concessions can be approved by taking political decisions, which explains the need for the negotiating delegations in Vienna to return to their capitals for further consultation.
For his part, Enrique Mora, the European Union’s deputy foreign policy official, said he was sure that an agreement could be reached between Iran and the United States to return to compliance with the nuclear deal during the next round of talks in Vienna next week.
Mora added – in a statement after the end of the work of the joint committee – that the remaining issues represent details and technical points that can be resolved through political decisions.
In the same context, Abbas Araqchi, chief negotiator and assistant foreign minister of Iran, said that “the Vienna negotiations have witnessed progress, and the important thing now is to arrange Washington’s return to the nuclear agreement, followed by Iran’s return.”
In turn, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the negotiations in Vienna are progressing, and that the main outstanding issues with the United States have been resolved. He added – in a government meeting – that US President Joe Biden realized that dialogue is the best way to deal with Tehran.
Rouhani stressed that his government was able to confront the economic war, which former US President Donald Trump imposed on his country; Because it is supported by the Iranian people.
The Iranian president said, “Donald Trump was calling for negotiations with Iran, and he asked one of the leaders of East Asian countries to mediate a dialogue with us, and he asked to meet me more than once, and today we see that they have returned to the negotiating table. The negotiations in Vienna are progressing and the basic files have been resolved.”
It is in our interest
Earlier, the White House said that an agreement with Iran that prevents it from acquiring a nuclear weapon would “be in our interest, and we will continue to work in that direction.” The White House said it would update Israeli officials on the nuclear talks with Iran.
Negotiations were recently launched in Vienna to revive the “nuclear agreement” between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, with the aim of returning Washington to the agreement and paving the way for Iran to retract its evasion of the restrictions imposed on it under the agreement.
And last week, Iran held the fifth round of negotiations for the nuclear agreement with the major powers in the Austrian capital, amid expectations that the United States would return to the agreement again after its withdrawal in May 2018.