After Washington is ready for direct negotiations, the Iranian president opens the way for achieving any nuclear agreement if sanctions are lifted
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that there is room for achieving any agreement if the sanctions he described as unjust on the Iranians are lifted, after Washington expressed its willingness to communicate directly with Tehran regarding negotiations on the nuclear file.
Raisi stressed that his country will continue negotiations to activate the nuclear agreement, but it will not link all issues with it.
For his part, Secretary of the National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that communication between the Iranian and American delegations in Vienna so far has been through the exchange of unofficial documents.
Shamkhani added – in a tweet on Twitter – that there was no need to change this method of communication, and that this method would not change unless there was the possibility of obtaining a good agreement, as he put it.
The United States had earlier expressed its willingness to meet directly with the Iranians, considering this the best way to negotiate the nuclear file, according to the US State Department.
In response to a question by Al-Jazeera, the US State Department stated that the direct meeting with the Iranians opens a greater scope for communication, considering that the time to reach an understanding in Vienna has almost run out, given the pace of Iranian nuclear progress.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned that talks aimed at reviving the nuclear deal are approaching a serious impasse.
And the British minister added – yesterday, Tuesday before Parliament – that these negotiations are urgent, and the progress they are making is not fast enough, and said, “We continue to work in close partnership with our allies, but the negotiations are beginning to head into a serious impasse.”
She explained that Iran must now choose whether it wants to conclude an agreement or be responsible for the collapse of the nuclear agreement, “and if the nuclear agreement collapses, all options will be on the table.”
For months, Tehran and the forces still included in the 2015 agreement have been negotiating to revive the agreement, which the United States unilaterally withdrew from in 2018, re-imposing sanctions on Tehran that prompted it to retreat from basic commitments it was included in.
Washington participates indirectly in the talks, and the remaining parties to the agreement – namely Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, as well as the European Union – coordinate positions between Iranian and American negotiators.