The nuclear file..France and Russia confirm progress in the Vienna negotiations and an Iranian-Korean agreement to free frozen funds
French and Russian statements indicated progress in the negotiations to revive the nuclear agreement, whose eighth round is continuing in the Austrian capital Vienna, while there were reports of an agreement between Iran and South Korea to release frozen funds soon.
Al-Jazeera correspondent Muhammad al-Baqali reported today, Friday, that the parties to the nuclear agreement held a new meeting with the American delegation in Vienna, which was not attended by Iran, which refuses to sit at the same table with the United States.
Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that progress had been made in the nuclear deal negotiations.
“I am still convinced that we can reach an agreement, but time is running out,” Le Drian told BFM television and RMC radio.
In the same context, the Russian delegate to international organizations, Mikhail Ulyanov, confirmed that progress had been made in the negotiations, without giving details.
This came after Ulyanov’s meetings with the heads of delegations of Western countries and the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia in Vienna.
Ulyanov stated via Twitter that he exchanged with the Saudi diplomat views on the prospects for security dialogue in the Gulf, but stressed that the meeting had nothing to do with negotiations and that there was no way to open the Vienna talks to new participants.
Iran is negotiating in Vienna with major world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal that the administration of former US President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said this week that negotiations have made little progress and that the United States looks forward to building on the progress.
Iran’s frozen billions
On the sidelines of these negotiations, an Iranian news agency reported that Tehran and Seoul had reached an agreement to release Iranian assets frozen in South Korea soon.
Fars news agency quoted the South Korean Foreign Ministry as saying that the two sides reached a diplomatic agreement in this regard in Vienna, and agreed on the need to hold consultations to determine the details of the transfer of funds to Iran.
It is noteworthy that the value of the Iranian funds frozen in Korean banks amount to 7 billion dollars, and the freezing came within the framework of the sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran and included its funds in foreign banks.