Nuclear: Iran and the United States will negotiate this week in Qatar

Nuclear: Iran and the United States will negotiate this week in Qatar

The delegations of the two countries will not negotiate directly.

The United States and Iran announced on Monday that they would resume their indirect negotiations in Qatar this week, after several months of stalled talks on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Iran's Tasnim news agency, citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry source, reported that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, will visit Qatar on Tuesday for talks on lifting sanctions. /p>

In Washington, a State Department spokesperson confirmed that the talks would be held this week in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh said the talks will take place in the coming days, this week. According to him, they will not concern the nuclear dimension, but differences on the question of the lifting of American sanctions, which are hitting the country hard, hit by galloping inflation.

During a surprise visit to Tehran on Saturday, Josep Borrell made a similar announcement, saying that these talks would be separate from those conducted by the EU in Vienna between Iran and the major powers. /p>

Mr. Khatibzadeh expressed hope for a positive outcome of the talks.

If Washington comes up with answers, then we can get the job done quickly […] The ball is in court of Washington, he said.

In 2018, former US President Donald Trump's United States withdrew from the nuclear deal and imposed tough economic sanctions on Tehran. As a result, Iran gradually withdrew from the agreement and is accused of seeking to acquire the atomic bomb, which it denies.

After Joe Biden's election, Washington has said it wants to get back into the deal, despite growing pessimism in recent weeks.

We are grateful to our EU partners, who continue to send messages and work to move these negotiations forward, a spokesperson for US diplomacy said. We are ready to conclude and immediately implement the agreement we negotiated in Vienna for a mutual return to the full implementation of the JCPOA [name given to the agreement].

But for that, Iran must decide to drop its additional demands that go beyond the JCPOA, he said.

Qatar, which has better relations with Tehran than most of the Arab monarchies in the Gulf, wants to play a role as a diplomatic hub, with Doha having already helped to organize talks between the United States and the Taliban.

Talks to revive the nuclear deal began in Vienna in April 2021, but broke down in March this year due to differences between Americans and Iranians, which include demands for guarantees so that Washington would not withdraw from the agreement.

Iran had also demanded that the regime's ideological army, the Revolutionary Guards, no longer be considered a terrorist organization by Washington, which replied that this request did not fall within the scope of the nuclear talks.

In mid-June, the x27; Biden administration said having been affiliated with this unit would not be grounds for denial of entry to the United States for Iranians who had no choice but to serve there.

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