Friday, January 21

Iranian nuclear – Iran says it notes West ‘realism’ in talks

(Belga) Iran said on Monday it had noted the “realistic” approach taken by the West in talks to save the nuclear deal in Vienna, where negotiations resumed after a three-day hiatus.

“We can now see the retreat, or rather the realism of the western part in the talks in Vienna, which cannot have any demands beyond the nuclear agreement,” said the spokesperson for the ministry. Iranian Foreign Minister Saïd Khatibzadeh in front of the press. “It is too early to judge whether the United States and the three European countries have drawn up a real agenda to commit to lifting the sanctions,” Khatibzadeh added, however. Earlier in the morning, the official Irna news agency announced the arrival of Iranian negotiator Ali Bagheri in the Austrian capital to continue talks, after a three-day break due to the holiday season. Mr. Baghéri, who had reported Thursday of “relatively satisfactory” progress during the first days of the new round of negotiations, met European Union coordinator Enrique Mora, the Irna news agency reported on Monday evening. Baghéri held a separate meeting with key negotiators from European parties to the 2015 agreement, the agency added. Monday’s meetings were “informal,” tweeted Russian envoy to Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov. For its part, Washington noted “modest” progress in Vienna, and joined the Europeans in insisting on “the urgency” to conclude discussions in the face of Tehran’s nuclear advances. These talks were relaunched at the end of November after a five-month hiatus between Tehran and the countries still party to the pact (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China). In Vienna, the stake aims to bring back into the pact Washington, which left it in 2018, and to bring Tehran back to the respect of its commitments, broken in reaction to the reinstatement of American sanctions. The United States is participating indirectly in the negotiations. “Today is the day for the opposing parties to show their commitment and to show that we can progress in the field of the lifting of sanctions, guarantees and verification, where we have made little progress”, noted for his part Mr. Khatibzadeh Monday. “Of course, we have to make sure that (foreign) businesses are not affected by Washington’s day-to-day fears,” he added. (Belga)

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