Many unresolved issues remain in Iran’s nuclear talks: Source

Many issues in a variety of areas remain unresolved in indirect talks between Iran and the United States over the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a source close to the talks said on Friday.

“In every part of the (incomplete) paper (the outline of a deal) there are issues that are still being considered,” the source told reporters, adding that although negotiations are going in the right direction, they not all have time in the world. “

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Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday that a renewed agreement with Iran on limiting its nuclear program remained “possible” as talks in Vienna progressed into a “better atmosphere”.

“We are coming to the end of a long process … there has been a better atmosphere since Christmas – before Christmas I was very pessimistic. Today I believe that reaching an agreement is possible,” he said after an informal EU meeting. Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
He said a final deal “could be concluded in the coming weeks.”

“I still hold out hope that it would be possible to recreate and work on this agreement as it did for the American withdrawal,” he added.

The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry echoed that sentiment earlier this week, saying that efforts by “all parties” to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers had resulted in “good progress” during the Vienna talks.

But Borrell spoke alongside French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who reiterated his view that the talks “proceeded far too slowly to achieve a result.”

“We must now conclude and come to a decision: Whether the Iranians want to complete this, in which case we have the impression that there will be flexibility in the attitude of the Americans.”

“Or they do not want to complete this, and in that case we will have to deal with a major proliferation crisis,” Le Drian said.

“There will be nothing more to negotiate if nothing happens,” he warned.

Negotiations to save the nuclear deal resumed in late November after being suspended in June when Iran elected a new, ultra-conservative government.

The 2015 agreement – agreed by Iran, the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – offered Tehran relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program to ensure it did not develop nuclear weapons.

But then-US President Donald Trump withdrew the US in 2018 and imposed imposing sanctions again, prompting Tehran to start rolling back on its commitments.

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