Tehran awaits the response of the United States to the “solutionsdiscussed with the European Union negotiator in charge of coordinating the Iranian nuclear talks, in order to break the impasse by restoring the 2015 agreement, the spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday (May 16th). .
EU coordinator Enrique Mora held two-day talks with the Islamic Republic’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, in Tehran last week, leading the EU to say that the negotiations had been “reopened”. These negotiations, which aim to bring the United States back to the agreement reached in 2015 between Iran and the great powers, and to bring Iran into full compliance with it, had been at a standstill for about two months.
“Serious and result-oriented negotiations took place, with special initiatives from IranIranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh told reporters, without going into details. “If the United States responds to some of the solutions that have been proposed, we may be in a position where all parties return to Viennawhere the talks are being held, he added during his weekly press conference. Washington, on the other hand, adopted a less optimistic tone. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that “at this stage, an agreement remained far from certain“. And to add:It’s up to Iran to decide if it wants to strike a deal quickly“.
Iran has entered into direct negotiations with France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China to revive the 2015 agreement supposed to frame the Iranian nuclear program. The United States participates indirectly. The 2015 deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon, something the country has always denied it wants to do. But the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump’s administration and the reimposition of tough economic sanctions prompted Iran to start backtracking on its own commitments.