Iran responds to EU proposal to return to nuclear deal

Iran has responded to the European proposal for a return to the nuclear agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Chief Negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani

Iranian authorities have given their response to the European Union's “definitive” proposal to resuscitate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, an EU official said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday called on Washington to show more flexibility.

There are three issues that arise and, if they are resolved , we can come to an agreement, he said.

We don't want to make a deal that after 40 days, two months or three months doesn't materialize on the ground […] We told them that our limits had to be respected, said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who stressed that the coming days will be crucial.

Like Washington, we have our own plan B if the talks fail, he said.

For its part, Washington estimated that a return to the 2015 agreement was possible if Iran abandoned its superfluous demands, without specifying the nature of the latter.

Mr. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, had indicated that the American side verbally accepted the two subjects [demanded by Iran], but he did not specify the requirements to which he was referring.

On July 26, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, submitted to the parties a text of agreement which he described as final .

Asked about it on Monday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to say whether the US was ready to endorse the plan submitted by the EU; he affirmed that Washington would contact Mr. Borrell as the latter requested, privately.

After several months of deadlock, diplomats from all the parties (Iran, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany), with the indirect participation of the United States, returned on August 4 to Vienna for yet another attempt to save the agreement, under the aegis of the EU.

The aim of the talks is to put the pact, which aims to guarantee the civilian character of the nuclear program of the EU, back on track. ;Iran, accused of seeking to acquire atomic weapons, despite its denials.

But after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement in 2018 under Donald Trump and the reinstatement of US sanctions, Tehran has gradually freed itself from its obligations.

With information from Agence France-Presse, and Reuters

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