Vienna nuclear negotiations.. Controversial issues recede, and Iran praises the role of China and Russia

An Iranian official revealed that the contentious issues in the Vienna negotiations have receded, and that delegations are discussing mechanisms for implementing any possible agreement, and Russia has confirmed progress, while the White House considered that the negotiations have reached a critical stage.

Today, Saturday, the official Iranian news agency (IRNA) quoted an informed source that the contentious issues in the negotiations have receded, as many points related to the embargo and nuclear issues were addressed.

The source added that the talks had entered the stage of discussing difficult issues, and that the delegations began discussing replacing the issues agreed in principle into words to be written down in the text of an agreement.

In the same context, a source close to the negotiations made it clear that the negotiators are not discussing the terms of the nuclear agreement, but rather ways for Iran and the United States to return to implementing the agreement through practical steps.

The source pointed out that any final understanding will be implemented through stages that take months, adding that the positive mood that the European Union foreign policy official, Josep Borrell spoke about, stems from entering into the drafting stage, despite the continuing dispute over the details.

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On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that there is real progress in the Vienna negotiations on reviving the Iranian nuclear agreement.

He pointed out that Western countries have overlooked the issue of discussing the missile program and Iran’s behavior in the region, calling on Tehran to be realistic and constructive in the negotiations, as he described it.

For its part, China reiterated its opposition to unilateral sanctions from the United States on Iran, in a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian held yesterday in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The United States bears primary responsibility for the persistent difficulties after its unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018, Wang said, adding that China firmly supports the resumption of negotiations on the deal.

The Chinese foreign minister stressed the rejection of “illegal” sanctions against Iran and political manipulation on issues including human rights and interference in the internal affairs of Iran and other countries in the region, he said.

As for Abdullahian, he said after the meeting that Beijing and Moscow are playing a positive role in the Vienna negotiations to support Iran’s “nuclear rights” and abolish sanctions.

On the other hand, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that the negotiations are progressing slowly, and warned at the conclusion of the meeting of European foreign ministers in Brest, western France, that failure to reach an agreement would put the Union in front of a crisis, calling on Iran to “resolve its position.”

As for White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, she described the current stage of negotiations on the nuclear agreement with Iran as decisive, explaining that Washington will consider a different path in the coming stages, and that President Joe Biden asked his team to develop a set of options for study.

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