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Iran clarifies priorities before resuming nuclear negotiations | Iran: a new president and a new agreement

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After five months of interruption, the negotiations to save the agreement concluded in 2015 had been relaunched at the end of November during an eighth round between the countries which are still part of the agreement (Germany, France, United Kingdom, China, Iran and Russia).

Delegations from these countries must meet at 6 p.m. (local time), according to a source familiar with the matter.

What is at stake in the talks is to bring the United States back into the pact, which left it in 2018 and reinstated sanctions against Iran. The United States participates in the negotiations indirectly, Tehran refusing direct discussions with Washington.

Today, a new round of talks opens. The question of guarantees and verification the lifting of US sanctions if Washington reinstates the agreement are on the agendaIranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

The 2015 agreement offered Tehran the lifting of part of the sanctions stifling its economy in exchange for a drastic reduction in its nuclear program, placed under strict control of theUnited Nations Organization.

He has been dying since the unilateral withdrawal of the United States and the reinstatement of economic sanctions affecting several economic sectors of the country, including the export of oil. Iran, which denies wanting to acquire the atomic bomb, then gradually reneged on most of its commitments.

The most important thing for us is to reach a point where we can make sure that Iranian oil will be sold easily and without any limits, that the money of that oil will be transferred in foreign currency to Iranian bank accounts and that we we will be able to benefit from all the incomes of the various economic sectors.

A quote from Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs

We have reached a common document on the nuclear issue and on sanctions. Today, the first negotiations [à ce sujet] will start, he added.

Iranian Foreign Affairs spokesperson Saïd Khatibzadeh said advised all negotiating participants to come to Vienna with the will to get a good deal, underlining Tehran’s refusal to waste time and energy.

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Washington had already warned Tehran against protracted discussions, without setting an ultimatum for the moment.

Hurry up

Nothing remains but a few weeks to save the Iran nuclear deal if Tehran continues to develop nuclear activities at the current rate, US negotiator Rob Malley warned last week, warning of a crisis in case of failure of diplomacy.

Same tone on the side of France, Germany and the United Kingdom (E3). Time is counted. In the absence of rapid progress, given the rapid advance of Iran’s nuclear program, the agreement will very soon become an empty shell, warned senior officials.

On Thursday, the coordinator of the European Union Enrique Mora estimated thatit was important to step up the pace on the key outstanding issues […], working closely with the United States.

In a statement to Russian news agency RIA Novosti on Saturday, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Mohammad Eslami said his country had no plans to enrich uranium beyond 60% in the event of failure of negotiations on its nuclear program.

Our objectives in terms of uranium enrichment are to meet our industrial, production and and those of the Iranian people, he said.

The Russian Ambassador to theUnited Nations Organization in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, called this statement positive message.

Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid, whose country fears enemy Iran might acquire atomic weapons, said on Monday thatstop Tehran’s nuclear program was the first challenge for Israel’s security and foreign policy.

We prefer to act through international cooperation, but if necessary, we will defend ourselves, he added.

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