Iran says EU proposal to revive nuclear talks can be ‘acceptable’ According to Reuters
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State news agency IRNA said the European Union’s proposal to resume talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was “acceptable if it provided guarantees” to the country’s nuclear requirements. Tehran’s main bridge, state news agency IRNA said on Friday, quoting a senior Iranian diplomat.
On Monday, the EU said it had come up with a “final” text after four days of indirect talks between US and Iranian officials in Vienna.
A senior EU official said no further changes could be made to the text, which had been negotiated for 15 months. He said he expected a final decision from the parties within “very, very few weeks.”
IRNA quoted an unnamed Iranian diplomat as saying that Tehran was considering the proposal. “The EU proposals can be accepted if they provide Iran with guarantees on matters of self-defense, sanctions and guarantees,” the diplomat said.
The Islamic Republic has sought to ensure that no future US president rejects the deal should it be reinstated, as then-President Donald Trump did in 2018 and reinstated harsh US sanctions. America against Iran.
However, President Joe Biden cannot make such guarantees because the agreement is a political understanding rather than a legally binding treaty.
Washington said it was ready to quickly reach an agreement to restore the agreement on the basis of the EU’s proposals.
Iranian officials said they would convey their “additional views and considerations” to the EU, which coordinates the talks, after consultations in Tehran.
The 2015 pact appeared to be nearing a revival in March. But 11 months of indirect negotiations between Tehran and the Biden administration in Vienna have descended into turmoil mainly due to Iran’s insistence on asking Washington to remove its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps from the list of Terrorist Organizations. America abroad.
Under the 2015 deal, Iran restricted its disputed uranium enrichment program, a possible path to nuclear weapons, in return for US, EU and UN sanctions. Tehran says it wants nuclear power only for peaceful purposes.