| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Iran minister says nuclear talks nearing ‘good agreement’

Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that talks between Tehran and international powers to resurrect a 2015 nuclear agreement are nearing a “good agreement,” but that obtaining one soon depends on the other parties.

“The Iranian side’s actions and the conversations that have taken place have placed us on the correct route,” said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

“We are near to a good deal,” he said, according to official news agency IRNA. “However, in order to get this excellent agreement in the short term, the other side must pursue it.”

Negotiations to re-establish the nuclear deal started in late November after being halted in June when Iran elected a new, ultraconservative administration.

The agreement provided Iran with sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear development.

But, in 2018, then-President Donald Trump removed the US from the agreement, causing Tehran to backtrack on its obligations.

According to Amir-Abdollahian, the Islamic Republic does not want to “draw out” discussions.

He stated that it is “critical for us to defend our country’s rights and interests.”

Unlike the other signatories to the deal – the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China – the United States has only been involved in the discussions indirectly.

Tehran stated earlier this week that it had sensed a new “reality” among international powers ahead of fresh talks in Vienna.

On Sunday, Amir-Abdollahian appeared to reiterate such remarks, stating that “yesterday, France was a terrible cop, but now it is behaving fairly.”

“Yesterday, the American side made inappropriate expectations,” he said, “but today we feel that it has adapted to the reality of the situation.”

“A good deal, at the end of the day, is an arrangement that satisfies all parties.”

The 2015 agreement’s signatories considered it as the best means to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing a nuclear weapon, a goal Tehran has long rejected.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday that discussions were on a “pretty favorable road,” but highlighted the importance of completing them as soon as possible.

  • AFP