Vienna, Tehran – AFP
The European Union has delivered a “final speech” at the end of talks aimed at renewing the Iran nuclear deal, a European official said on Monday.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We worked for four days and today the text is before the senior delegation. The negotiations are over, this is the final text, it will not be renegotiated.”
For its part, Iran confirmed that the “final text” was still under consideration, and that it would provide “additional comments,” official media reported.
Citing an unnamed Iranian Foreign Ministry official, Tehran told Enrique Mora, the European envoy coordinating the talks, that “this is our initial response” to the proposed text and that “certainly, these items require a detailed review.” And we will communicate our additional comments and considerations.” to the Coordinator and other parties.
Iran and the major powers involved in the nuclear deal began negotiations in Vienna in April 2021 with the tacit participation of the United States and facilitation by the European Union.
“The ball is now in the court of the capitals concerned and we’ll see what happens,” the European official said, adding that “no one will stay in Vienna” for the talks.
While stressing the “quality” of the text, he said “we are very confident that it will be approved” and that an agreement would be reached “in a few weeks”.
A major hurdle is Iran’s demand for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to “absolutely” end the problem of finding traces of nuclear material at undeclared Iranian sites.
Commenting on this, the European official said that this issue has nothing to do with the nuclear agreement. At the same time, Iran insists it is necessary. I hope that Iran will reach an agreement on this issue with the international nuclear power. agency, which will facilitate many things.” “.
“We believe that the IAEA should follow the technical path, avoid politically skewed and non-constructive issues, and fully address the remaining nuclear security issues,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahiyan said on Sunday.
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