Source: Iran, Powers Narrow Down Difference in Vienna Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- The negotiating teams of Iran and the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) have managed to lessen the differences and fill in many brackets left open in the Vienna talks, an informed source said.
Many differences in the talks on lifting sanctions have been eliminated and the participating delegations are talking about ways to implement the agreement, the source said.
The source added that delegations are consulting on difficult topics and on how to turn them into words in the document, adding that many brackets on lifting sanctions and the nuclear issues have been removed and the delegations are now working on the third enclosure on sequencing of actions.
Elaborating on the issue of sequence, the source said that it deals with the measures which should be taken by Iran and the US for implementing the 2015 agreement, from which Washington unilaterally withdrew in March 2018.
It is one of the most difficult, longest and tedious parts of the negotiations, but is a necessary for achieving the goal, the source added.
The Vienna talks between Iran and the Group 4+1 continued on Friday at the expert and political levels.
The removal of sanctions and the issue of verification and guarantees that the US has been required by Iran to abide by to ensure that it will not reimpose the sanctions are among the most important and sensitive issues discussed between the parties in recent weeks.
The Vienna talks are underway as various meetings are being held at the political and expert levels.
Diplomats have said that there has been some progress in the talks, but there are still remaining issues such the removal of the sanctions on Iran and its verification needed to be discussed over before Iran return to full abidance by the 2015 nuclear deal, from which the United States withdrew in May 2018 and subsequent indifference of the European parties to make up for Iran's losses.
Iran and the five remaining signatories to the JCPOA, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, resumed talks in Vienna on January 3 after the parties took a three-day break for the New Year.
The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on December 27 with a focus on the removal of all US sanctions. The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its pullout in 2018 from the landmark deal with Iran.
During the previous round of the talks, the first under Iran’s new President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi, Iran presented new proposals at the negotiating table to help the talks move forward and later criticized the European signatories of the JCPOA for failing to follow suit and remaining passive.
The Iranian chief negotiator has said the success of the Vienna talks depends on achieving an agreement on the effective removal of the cruel US sanctions against Tehran.
The more serious the other side is in removing sanctions and accepting Iran’s mechanisms for doing so, especially on the verification and guarantee issues, the sooner we can reach an agreement, Ali Baqeri Kani added.
Iran stresses that the sanctions should be removed in a verifiable manner and wants the US to give a guarantee that it will not abandon the deal again.
The 8th round of Vienna nuclear negotiations which started on November 29 has now reached a sensitive point.
Iran has announced that if an agreement is reached in Vienna the side that has breached the 2015 agreement must remove all sanctions, and after verification of its acts, Iran’s moves in the framework of the JCPOA will be implemented.
The more serious the other side in lifting the sanctions and accepting Iran's proposals, the shorter the time needed for the final agreement, Iran has emphasized.