Nuclear: Deal possible with Americans in Doha, Iran says

Nuclear: Deal possible with Americans in Doha, Iran says

Iran and the United States, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, exchange indirectly.

Iran said a deal with the United States was possible in the Iranian nuclear talks, while stressing that the indirect talks underway in Doha were due to end on Wednesday evening, two days after their launch.

US envoy to Iran Robert Malley and Iranian negotiator Ali Bagheri began indirect talks in the Qatari capital on Tuesday through the #x27;intermediary of the EU, with a view to unblocking the Vienna negotiations on Iranian nuclear power.

If the US side has serious intentions and is realistic, an agreement is possible at this stage, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during his visit to Turkmenistan, according to remarks reported on Wednesday by the x27;official Irna news agency.

We are serious in our desire to conclude an agreement, he also said, stressing that his country would not give in on the red lines posed by Tehran in the context of these negotiations.

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said the talks in Doha, which are taking place in a professional and serious atmosphere, were scheduled to last two days.

The two days of talks are not over and tonight [Wednesday] another meeting will take place between [MM. Bagheri and Enrique Mora, the European coordinator], he added.

No deadline has previously been set for talks with the US delegation led by Mr. Malley, which are taking place at a hotel in the Qatari capital.

The indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States on the nuclear issue started two days ago in Doha have still not made the progress hoped for by the EU, said Wednesday the coordinator of the European Union ( EU), Enrique Mora.

Two intense days of proximity talks in Doha on JCPOA [acronym for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal]. Unfortunately, not yet the progress hoped for by the EU team as coordinator, Mora said in a tweet.

We will continue to work with an even greater urgency to get a key agreement for non-proliferation and regional stability back on track, added the EU Coordinator.

A European source said the negotiations, which take place two weeks before US President Joe Biden's first official visit to the region, were expected to last several days.

The two sworn enemies , which have not maintained diplomatic relations since 1980, trade indirectly. They send messages to each other – each staying in their place – to try to break the impasse in the attempts to revive the 2015 agreement.

This agreement, which eased sanctions against Iran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, was unilaterally abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in 2018.

International talks to relaunch the agreement began under the aegis of the EU in April 2021 in Vienna, before the process bogged down in March 2022.

Iranian officials said earlier they hoped for progress in Qatar, but urged the Americans to abandon the Trump method of negotiation.

We hope, God willing, to reach a positive and acceptable agreement if the United States abandons the Trump method, said Ali Bahadori-Jahromi, spokesman for the Iranian government.

He described this method as the disrespect for international law and past agreements and disregard for the rights of the Iranian people.

The US administration of Joe Biden says it wants to return to the agreement if Tehran resumes its commitments, but Iran is demanding the lifting of sanctions as well as guarantees that Washington will no longer withdraw from the pact.

Iran has also called for the removal of the regime's ideological army, the Revolutionary Guards, from the US list of terrorist organizations, without this being officially presented as a red line.

The optimism aroused by the discussions in Doha was reflected in a sharp appreciation of the Iranian currency on the black market on Wednesday, according to currency changers in the countries.

Global tensions in the oil market are also an opportunity for Iran to press for the lifting of sanctions on Iranian crude, according to Alex Vatanka, director of the Iran program at the Middle East Institute think tank, based in Washington.

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