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On Thursday, Iranian negotiators handed their European counterparts two documents. One on the lifting of sanctions and the other on the nuclear program. However, no details have filtered out on the content of the Iranian documents.

On Friday, negotiators returned to their respective countries and would eventually return to Vienna to give their responses to the Iranian proposals.

However, the statement by French President Emmanuel Macron from Dubai, where he has signed contracts for the sale of Rafale aircraft, suggests that the resumption of talks would take longer.

Mr. Macron felt that it was not necessary not exclude that this session does not reopen quickly.

Reverse

For their part, European diplomats have indicated that the positions of the parties are distant for the moment.

Discussions would therefore resume next week. to see if these discrepancies can be overcome or not if this gap can be filled in realistic time.

The French, British and German representatives believe that the Iranian proposals constitute a reverse.

Tehran goes back on almost all of the compromises that had been difficult to find during the first round of negotiations between April and June with the previous Iranian team before the election of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi, who appointed a new team to lead the negotiations.

On the other hand, the Chinese ambassador, who is a signatory to the 2015 agreement with Russia, was more optimistic, citing substantial discussions.

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All parties agreed to take a short break to take instructions. It is natural and necessary, and we hope that this will give new impetus to the negotiations.Wang Qun told reporters.

Serious will

The head of the Iranian delegation, Ali Bagheri, reaffirmed that his country had serious will to come to an agreement.

In a short statement to Al Mayadeen, Mr. Bagheri clarified that the discussions are aimed at allow the member who has withdrawn from the agreement [les États-Unis, NDLR] to come back , stressing that the Iranian delegation works to lift unjust and illegal US sanctions.

Regarding the ongoing process, he indicated that the other party should review these documents and prepare to negotiate with Iran on the basis of the submitted texts.

I told them it was normal [en référence aux objections des Européens, NDLR]because we were not going to present documents and suggestions that correspond to their points of view.

A quote from The head of the Iranian delegation, Ali Bagheri

For his part, the head of Iranian diplomacy Hossein Amir-Abdollahian described the process of good, but overall slow , during a telephone interview with his European counterpart Josep Borrell. And he wished a change in the approach of certain parties who must abandon their threatening remarks.

Other options

Iran’s new government did not come to Vienna with constructive proposals White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki accused Friday.

We always hope for a diplomatic approach, it is always the best option, she added. Corn Iran’s approach this week has not, unfortunately, been to attempt to resolve the outstanding issues.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned him that if Tehran continued to develop its nuclear program by dragging out negotiations, we will look to other options.

Iran doesn’t seem serious about what it needs to do to return to compliance, which is why we ended this round of talks in Vienna.

A quote from State Secretary Antony Blinken

Iran has some very important decisions to make in the coming days, he added.

Objective: resuscitate the 2015 agreement

The talks that have been taking place in Vienna since Monday aim to save the 2015 international agreement concluded between Iran and six great powers (United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom). In return for the drastic reduction in Iran’s nuclear program, economic sanctions were gradually lifted.

In response to the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018 and the reinstatement of sanctions, Tehran gradually freed itself from the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program from 2019.

The United States is participating in the discussions indirectly.

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