Iran: Critical Disagreements Still in Place in Vienna Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's top negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that despite the progress made in talks between Tehran and the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna, certain critical disagreements have still remain unresolved.
Araqchi said on Thursday that the next round of talks in Vienna could be the final one, as the participants in the nuclear deal and the US should take their difficult decisions.
He added that after the fifth round of talks in Vienna to revive the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the JCPOA, delegations felt necessary to return to their capitals once again after 10 days of intensive negotiations.
Many hoped that this would be the final round, but delegations decided to return to their capitals to use one week of opportunity for consultations and then resume talks, Araqchi said.
He also said that the remaining disagreements have been discussed and solutions have been proposed, but these solutions should be reviewed to choose the best one.
Iran’s stance remained unchanged, the top negotiator stressed, but what is important is that arrangements on the US return to the deal and Iran’s verification of sanctions removal and resuming full compliance to the JCPOA limitations on its nuclear program should be implemented in a manner agreed by both sides.
Araqchi underlined that a great progress has been made in the talks, but there were still few critical disagreements to be solved.
He went on to say that the next round should be sensibly the final round if other sides conform to Iran’s stances, otherwise, there would be no deal or talks would continue.
Araqchi said that no timing has been set for the next round, but parties decided to have one week break.
Araqchi had also said on Monday that no final decision has been made yet in Vienna on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, adding that the delegations will be back home once again for further consultations.
Araqchi said that the negotiating teams have not reached a definite solution on the JCPOA, and noted that they will return to their countries for more consultations on the issue.
He said that all sides have reached the main issues of disagreement.
The deputy foreign minister underscored that he is not personally sure if they will reach a conclusion during this round of talks.
Also on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Tehran continues Vienna talks carefully, adding that there are key issues that still remain to be addressed.
“Different Sides have reached significant achievements,” Khatibzadeh said adding, “however, key issues have remained.”
He emphasized that Tehran is in no hurry during the talks.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.