South Korea makes an offer.. Iran focuses on two demands and the West is demanding nuclear commitments
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Iran adhered to achieving two demands during the negotiations to revive the nuclear agreement in Vienna, while the West focuses on the issue of nuclear commitments. While the United States said that the talks had made modest progress, South Korea entered the line and made an offer to the parties to the file.
In Vienna, the eighth round of negotiations aimed at reviving the nuclear agreement continues at the level of expert committees.
Sources close to the negotiations said that Iran is sticking to lifting sanctions and offering guarantees to prevent the United States from withdrawing again if an agreement is reached. She explained that the requirement for guarantees remains one of the most important obstacles.
On the other hand, the Western side insists on focusing on Iran’s nuclear commitments.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday that the nuclear deal talks with Iran had made only modest progress.
He added that the United States hopes to build on this progress this week, amid efforts to revive the 2015 agreement.
The nuclear agreement led to the lifting of sanctions imposed on Tehran in return for restrictions on its nuclear activities, but former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 after a year in office, while Tehran responded by repudiating its obligations under the agreement.
In the latest round of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna, Tehran once again focused on lifting sanctions.
“There was some modest progress in last week’s talks. We hope to build on that this week,” Price told reporters.
He added that “the waiver of sanctions and the steps that the United States will take are already at the heart of the negotiations currently underway in Vienna.”
For his part, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong said that his country is ready to provide the necessary diplomatic assistance to revive the nuclear agreement between Iran and major powers.
His speech came within the framework of his visit to Vienna, where he is scheduled to meet with the parties to the nuclear agreement to discuss the issue of Iranian funds frozen in South Korea, which exceed 7 billion dollars.
Sources close to the negotiations said that if a solution is reached regarding the release of the frozen funds, this will represent an important step in the negotiation process.
But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the visit of the South Korean deputy foreign minister to Vienna had nothing to do with the ongoing negotiations to revive the nuclear deal.
Khatibzadeh added that the South Korean official will meet in Vienna with Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri in his capacity as an assistant to the Iranian Foreign Minister at the request of the Korean side.
Khatibzadeh indicated that the visit of the South Korean assistant foreign minister came by a personal decision from him, and that an unnamed third party asked him to attend to discuss bilateral issues, as he put it, and that he met some negotiating delegations in Vienna.
Saudi Arabia is watching
In this context, the Russian delegate to the Vienna negotiations, Mikhail Ulyanov, stressed that it is not possible to talk about expanding the scope of the talks to include new participants.
Regarding information about the meeting of the American envoy with a senior Saudi diplomat, Ulyanov added that only the original participants in the agreement can participate in the talks.
But he made it clear that the interest of some countries and contact with the participants in the negotiations is normal and understandable.