Brussels ‘consults with partners’ on Iran’s response to ‘final text’ to save nuclear deal

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Brussels is “studying” Iran’s response to the “final text” drafted by the EU to save the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear file, “in consultation with their partners,” a European Commission spokesman announced today.

“We received Iran’s response on Monday night, we are studying it and we are in consultation with the rest of the deal partners” (United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia) on how to proceed,” a spokesman for Josep said. Borrell, head of European diplomacy.

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Earlier, Iran’s official Irna news agency reported that Iran had forwarded its response to the text.

“Iran submitted its written response to a draft of the draft Vienna agreement and announced that an agreement will be reached if the United States reacts with realism and flexibility,” according to Irna.

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After several months of deadlock, talks resumed on August 4 in the Austrian capital in a umpteenth attempt, under the auspices of the EU, to save the international agreement reached in 2015 between Iran and, on the other hand, the US, Britain , China, France, Germany and Russia.

This agreement, known by its English acronym JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — JCPOA), aims to ensure the civilian character of Iran’s nuclear program, which is accused of seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon despite its denials.

But after the US unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 under former President Donald Trump and the reimposition of US sanctions, Tehran has gradually breached its obligations.

The aim of the talks in Vienna, in which the US is participating indirectly, is to get the process back on track.

On July 26, the head of European diplomacy and coordinator of the Iranian nuclear file, Josep Borrell, presented a compromise plan and called on the parties involved in the talks to accept it in order to avoid a “dangerous crisis”.

The head of Iranian diplomacy, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said yesterday, Monday, that his country would announce its “final proposals” on the nuclear file by Tuesday.

“The differences concern three points, on which the US has verbally expressed its flexibility on two occasions, but this should be included in the text,” Irna added, without elaborating.

“The third issue is related to ensuring that the deal is sustainable, and that depends on the realism of the US to reassure Iran,” the agency said.

A State Department spokesman declined yesterday to say whether Washington would be prepared to end sanctions in the event of an Iran deal.


Source: Capital

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