Iranian nuclear: “outstanding questions” remain, according to Washington

Iranian nuclear:

View of one of the meetings in Vienna between delegates from the European Union, Iran and Russia.

One ​​week after Iran's response transmitted to European Union, Washington denies wanting to delay negotiations for an Iranian nuclear deal and says there are still “outstanding issues” to be resolved.

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We are heartened that Iran appears to have dropped some of its unacceptable demands, such as lifting the Revolutionary Guards' designation as a terrorist organization, the spokesman said. Department of State, Ned Price, who pointed out that we are closer to an agreement than two weeks ago.

But there are still outstanding issues that need to be resolved, he added during a press briefing, declining to detail them.

Mr. Price clarified that the United States continues to review the Iranian proposals and that Washington will respond once that review and consultations are complete.

The United States has no not yet formally offered a response to the final text submitted by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, unlike Iran, which sent its own on August 15.

Tehran on Monday criticized the United States for being late in doing so after Iran reacted to this final text.

On July 26, the head of European diplomacy and coordinator of the Iranian nuclear dossier submitted a draft compromise and called on the parties involved in the talks to accept it to avert a dangerous crisis.

Talks resumed on August 4 in the Austrian capital in yet another attempt to salvage the moribund international agreement reached in 2015.

A meeting to save the Iran nuclear deal could be held this week in Vienna.

The United States has not yet officially responded. But we are waiting for their response and I hope this response will allow us to complete the negotiation, Josep Borrell told a conference in Santander, northern Spain.

< p class="e-p">I hope so, but without any guarantees. A meeting was supposed to take place in Vienna at the end of last week, but this was not possible. It could take place this week, he added.

The text drafted by the EU could have a happy outcome […]. It's a balance point, I don't think it's possible to improve it further. There was an Iranian response, which I thought was reasonable to pass on to the United States, said the head of European diplomacy.

French President Emmanuel Macron assured Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Monday that an Iranian nuclear deal would take Israel's interests into account.

President Macron told Mr. Lapid his wish to see continued efforts to obtain an agreement […] taking into account the security interests of Israel as of the other countries in the region, indicated the Élysée following a telephone conversation between the two leaders.

During this conversation, the Israeli Prime Minister affirmed that Israel will continue to do everything to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capabilities.

Furthermore, the Presidents Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron as well as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson provided an update on the ongoing negotiations in a telephone conversation on Sunday.

The Jewish state fears that one day Iran will acquire nuclear weapons, but also that the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran will replenish the coffers of the Islamic Republic, which could take advantage of this to increase its aid to its allies on Israel's borders, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah or the Palestinian Hamas.

The Iranian nuclear agreement signed in 2015 between, d' x27;on the one hand, Iran and, on the other, the United States, Great Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia aimed to limit the nuclear capabilities of Iran.

After the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement in 2018, at the instigation of Donald Trump, and the reinstatement of American sanctions, Tehran had gradually freed itself from its obligations.

The objective of the ongoing talks in Vienna, in which the United States is participating indirectly, is to relaunch cer the agreement.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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