Iran on Wednesday urged Western powers to be “realistic” in talks to revive a nuclear deal from 2015 and said that son chief negotiator was returning to Tehran for consultations, suggesting a breakthrough in his discussions are not imminent.
After 10 months of talks in Vienna, progress has been made towards restoration of the pact to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in to exchange for sanctions relief, but Tehran and Washington have warned that there are still significant differences to overcome.
“Nuclear talks in Vienna is reaching a sensitive and important point,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told a news conference with son Omani counterpart in Tehran.
“We wonder if the West side can take a realistic approach to go through the rest points of the discussions.”
Reuters reported last week an American-Iranian agreement took shape in Come to revive the pact, abandoned in 2018 by then US President Donald Trump, who also reimposed heavy penalties on Iran.
A draft text of the deal only vaguely hinted at other issues, diplomats said, adding that it meant unfreezing billions of dollar in Iranian funds in South Korean banks, and the release of western prisoners held in Iran.
Diplomats of the parties involved in the negotiations were said to have entered into a phase crucial, with a Russian envoy saying on Tuesday that the discussions are coming to a conclusion.
Sources close to the negotiations said that a prisoner an exchange between Iran and the United States was expected soon.
However, an Iranian foreign ministry announcement that chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani was returning to Tehran for “a short trip” suggested that a deal was not imminent.
The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers have limited the enrichment of Tehran of uranium to make it harder for it to develop material for nuclear weapons, if he wanted to, in to return to for a facelift of international punishments against Tehran.
An Iranian official in Tehran told Reuters that “if the talks fail, Washington will be responsible for that and also for its consequences.”
Amirabdollahian said Iran stressed to the European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, at the annual Munich security conference this month that Tehran would never cross its red lines during negotiations.
the main remaining disputes appear to include the extent of Sanctions rollbacks and questions on uranium traces found on several old but undeclared sites in Iran.
Iran has made clear he wants an end to the oil and banking sanctions that cripple the economywhile insisting also on lifting of restrictions related to human rights and terrorism.
“There was very good progress in the talks but now the ball East in The other party in the courtyard. It’s time for The other party is political decisions. The fate of our country is not linked to this agreement,” said the Iranian official.
Although the other parties to the deal – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – have shuttled between the two sides to bridge the gaps, diplomats said it is ultimately the Iran and the United States who have power. power to make or break a deal.