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Iran nuclear deal: Tehran says it is ‘optimistic’ after EU proposal

On August 1, Iran showed itself to be “optimistic” about the resumption of discussions on the Iranian nuclear dossier after the examination of a draft compromise submitted at the end of July by the European Union and intended to unblock the situation, to the point dead since March. “We remain optimistic about the negotiation process which will allow us to reach a logical and reasonable result,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani announced during his weekly press conference held on August 1. 2022.

This statement comes after the head of European diplomacy and coordinator for the Iranian nuclear dossier, Josep Borrell, submitted a draft compromise on July 26 and called on the parties involved in the talks in Vienna to accept it, in order to to avert a ‘dangerous crisis’.

For Tehran, Washington must show its willingness to relaunch discussions

“After examining the proposed text [par Josep Borrell], it is possible that in the near future we will be able to reach a conclusion regarding the timetable for the negotiations,” said Nasser Kanani. “We will probably see a new round of negotiations. But […] it depends entirely on the will of the other side, especially the American side,” he continued. On July 27, the day after the presentation of the European project, Tehran had called on the United States to show “in practice” their desire to relaunch the nuclear agreement. Washington “must show that it is ready for a reasonable, logical and lasting agreement,” added the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Talks in Vienna between Iran and the major powers to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had not progressed one iota since March, after more than a year of talks. In April, the Iranian foreign minister accused the United States of seeking to “impose new conditions” during the talks in Vienna. At the end of June, Qatar organized indirect talks between Iran and the United States – which unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under the presidency of Donald Trump – in the hope of putting the Vienna process back on track. rails, but these discussions were interrupted after two days without any progress.

According to Josep Borrell, the text proposed by the EU “addresses all the essential elements and includes hard-won compromises by all parties”. In particular, it deals “in detail” with the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iran and the measures to be adopted to restore the nuclear pact known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPoA). Concluded by Iran and six powers (Russia, United States, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany), the JCPoA aims to guarantee the civilian character of Iran’s nuclear program, regularly accused of seeking to acquire the atomic weapon despite its denials, in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions that affect the Iranian economy.

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