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Negotiations for Iran’s nuclear program resume next week, and Tehran expresses readiness for a “sustainable” agreement

Biden administration: Returning to the nuclear agreement with Iran may allow it to store enough nuclear fuel for a bomb in a period not exceeding a year

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The European Union announced today, Thursday, that nuclear negotiations with Iran will resume in Vienna next week, while Tehran expressed its readiness to reach a “good and sustainable” agreement.

EU foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano said a ministerial meeting would take place when an agreement was reached. These talks come within the eighth round, which began at the end of last December.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian affirmed his country’s readiness to reach a “good, sustainable and reliable agreement.”

In a telephone conversation with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi, Abdullahian expressed his appreciation for Tokyo’s declaration of its willingness to work to provide support for the nuclear negotiations in Vienna.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry quoted Hayashi as saying that all parties in Vienna should take advantage of the current opportunity to reach an agreement, stressing the need for all parties to take serious measures in order to abide by their commitments in the nuclear agreement.

A nuclear facility inside the Arak reactor in Iran (Reuters)

Biden’s statements

On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal, citing US officials, revealed that the administration of President Joe Biden believes that returning to the nuclear agreement with Iran may allow it to stockpile enough nuclear fuel for a bomb in a period not exceeding a year.

US officials added that the administration has concluded that Iran has made great strides in its nuclear program to re-establish what is known as the breakout period of the 2015 agreement.

However, they considered that reaching an amended agreement, soon, would give Washington and its allies enough time to respond to the progress it had made.

The newspaper pointed out that reducing the time to break any agreement raises doubts about the Biden administration’s ability to negotiate a longer deal that stops building nuclear weapons, and leads to winning political support in Washington and among European allies.

The Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, said that his country is working to bring the views of the Iranian nuclear negotiations closer.

Axios quoted the Qatari minister as saying that the failure of the nuclear agreement means seeing an arms race in the region, and this is what Doha does not want.

Revival of the agreement

Iran is in talks to revive the agreement on its nuclear program signed in 2015 with the powers that are still affiliated with it (France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China). The United States is indirectly involved in it.

The Vienna negotiations began last April to revive the Iranian nuclear agreement, and after being suspended for about 5 months starting in June, they were resumed in late November 2021.

Tehran stresses the priority of lifting the sanctions that Washington re-imposed on it after the latter’s withdrawal from the agreement, and obtaining guarantees that this withdrawal will not be repeated.

On the other hand, the United States and European powers are focusing on the importance of Iran’s return to fully respecting its commitments under the agreement, which it began to retract in 2019 in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal.



Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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