Vienna negotiations..Iran presents to European parties two draft agreements on sanctions and nuclear issues
On Thursday, Iranian official media reported that Tehran submitted two drafts to the European powers participating in the 2015 nuclear agreement on lifting sanctions and nuclear commitments, which was confirmed by a European diplomat.
“Iran’s chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri, announced in the Vienna talks that Iran had presented its proposals on the issues of lifting the unjust sanctions and nuclear issues,” the Islamic Republic News Agency said, without giving further details.
A European diplomat confirmed the delivery of the two drafts, Reuters reported.
This development comes at a time when the Vienna negotiations are continuing between Tehran and the major powers in an effort to revive the nuclear agreement, while Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that a good agreement is within reach if the West shows a good intention.
Abdullahian added – in a tweet to him on Twitter – that the Vienna talks are taking place in earnest, and lifting sanctions is a primary priority for Iran, and that the experts’ talks are continuing, stressing that his country seeks a rational and sober dialogue that will yield results.
For his part, a member of the Iranian regime’s Expediency Council, Gholam Haddad Adel, confirmed to Al Jazeera yesterday, Wednesday, that his country has a decision to resolve the issue of the nuclear program.
Adel said that the American side realizes that pressure will not work, again his country’s request for guarantees not to repeat what happened during the era of former US President Donald Trump, who withdrew in 2018 from the nuclear agreement to re-impose sanctions on Iran.
He added that his country wanted Washington to be honest in its commitments.
For his part, adviser to the Iranian delegation in the Vienna negotiations, Muhammad Marandi, told Al Jazeera that the current obstacle to these talks is the American position, adding that the United States wants to maintain sanctions on his country. Marandi added that the Europeans acted logically during the Vienna negotiations.
The statements of the Iranian officials come at a time when the seventh round of negotiations to revive the Iranian nuclear agreement continues for the fourth day in the Austrian capital Vienna, amid an atmosphere of optimism spread by European statements about making great progress towards settling the existing differences.
The Iranian news agency said that the chief Iranian negotiator, Ali Bagheri, discussed – yesterday, Wednesday, in Vienna – with the European Union coordinator, Enrique Mora, to coordinate arrangements for the continuation of negotiations in the coming days, noting that Bagheri will also meet with representatives of the three European countries that are members of the nuclear agreement (Britain, France and Germany). .
European diplomats stressed that the coming days would allow an assessment of the Iranians’ seriousness, and expressed their hope that by the end of the week they would have a clearer picture of the negotiating track, noting the possibility of halting the negotiations in the absence of progress.
On Tuesday, a European official confirmed the completion of 80% of the nuclear agreement.
In the previous six rounds, there were similar comments that significant progress had been made toward drafting an agreement, but talks stalled last June ahead of Iran’s presidential elections without reaching a conclusion.
Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran had started enriching uranium to 20% at the “Fordo” facility that was established inside a mountain in Qom province.
The agency added – in a report to its member states – that Iran uses advanced centrifuges in the enrichment process.
It added that it had verified that Iran had used 5% enriched uranium in a batch of 160 IR6 centrifuges to obtain 20% enrichment.
The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that it would increase the pace of verification operations inside the Fordow facility, noting that Tehran had agreed to this.
On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that media reports about Iran’s nuclear are lies aimed at destroying the possibility of the success of the Vienna negotiations.