| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Iranian reluctance along with Russia’s war postpones nuclear deal

The Russian-Ukrainian war overshadowed the US-Iranian negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna, amid Western diplomatic information, that the agreement was accomplished and that the two parties agreed on all points, but the war delayed its announcement. However, the information did not hide the caution from the last minute, either the agreement was announced or everything ends without any result.

Western diplomatic sources confirmed to Sawt Beirut International (SBI) that due to the Russian war on Ukraine, a number of US officials do not have a precise atmosphere about what exactly is happening now, and no one can be certain, except for those who were present in Vienna before the negotiations halted.

Even the Congress is working day and night to legislate spending to fund exceptional humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine. They are also striving to implement the sanctions, announced by the administration, on Russia, and to come in accordance with the appropriate legislation in a way that does not impact the United States negatively.

Arab sources told SBI that they don’t rule out that there has been Iranian reluctance, influenced by the ongoing war on Ukraine, so that Tehran will take advantage of Russian arrogance to impose concessions from the United States, such as liberating more sanctions that will be lifted, whether those related to the nuclear program in particular, or with regard to the pressure imposed by former President Donald Trump Administration on Iran, or with regard to other sanctions.

Iran wanted to exceed the time limit set end of February by Washington to complete the agreement, in order to oblige them to lift more sanctions, especially in conjunction with the outbreak of the Russian war on Ukraine and the Russian threats to Western countries.

It is possible that the negotiation process will continue, taking into consideration the developments that will occur on Iran.

Even Russia entered the line of these negotiations to offer conditions for this agreement. It requested written guarantees that the sanctions related to the Ukraine file do not prevent it from foreign trade with Tehran, noting that signing this agreement will lift important sanctions from Iran.

In parallel, “Hezbollah” sent messages regarding negotiations over the demarcation of the borders, after it was left to the Lebanese state when the American mediator Amos Hochstein visited Lebanon last February. Hezbollah has now come back to say that the word is ultimately his, not the Lebanese state.

  • Sawt Beirut International