The Vienna nuclear talks… conditional Iranian optimism

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Hassan Ahmadian, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Tehran, said that there is Iranian optimism, shared by China and Russia, regarding the Vienna negotiations related to the Iranian nuclear program.

Ahmadian confirmed – in an interview with an episode of “Beyond the News” program (2021/12/28) – that the atmosphere of the eighth round of negotiations is positive, and despite the absence of clear information about what is happening behind closed doors in the negotiations, it is clear that there has been progress that has reached This optimism.

Ahmadian quoted the chief Iranian negotiator, Ali Baqer Kani, as saying that the Western side in the negotiations before verifying the lifting of sanctions as a principle, meaning that Iran will verify the reality of lifting the sanctions and then take the nuclear steps required of it.

Iran said that the Vienna negotiations – whose eighth round was launched – are on a good track, and that there is one common text being negotiated. She pointed out that it is possible to reach a good agreement for all, provided that there is seriousness and good faith.

For his part, Joseph Cirincione, a member of the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Council on International Security and a senior researcher at the Quincy Institute, said that the Iranian side showed more flexibility in its position after retreating from the hard position it presented in the seventh round of negotiations.

But Cirincione said that the West must be wary of this optimism in order to make sure that it is based on reality and not just an Iranian repositioning to avoid any new sanctions in the event of the failure of negotiations.

Cirincione indicated that the Israeli opposition encourages the ongoing negotiations, unlike the Israeli government, which opposes any agreement with Iran.

While Tehran called on Paris to play a role in the success of the negotiating track, Israel renewed its commitment to work against Iran’s nuclear ambitions, regardless of the outcome of the negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett urged world powers to take a tougher stance in the nuclear talks underway in Vienna. Bennett ruled out – in a radio interview – that a good agreement would be reached in Vienna; On this basis, tougher stances must be taken, as he put it.

He added that Iran is negotiating from a very weak position, but the world is behaving as if it is in a strong position, he said. He stressed that Israel must prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons; He pointed out that his government had built a practical strategy to deal with what he described as the Iranian threat.

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