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Iranian nuclear power plant: a few weeks to find common ground

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Indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington aim to redefine Iran’s obligations regarding uranium enrichment, and the United States with respect to the lifting of sanctions reimposed by former President Donald Trump.

The engaged negotiators, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and China, are all part of the Common Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), adopted in 2015. They have only a few weeks to find common ground, warned Mr. Mora on Friday.

Delegates from the Islamic Republic are calling for drastic changes to the draft agreement sketched out during the first six rounds of talks, between April and June. For their part, the Western powers believe that Iran’s nuclear activities must be halted quickly.

Slowdown in negotiations

Talks have been adjourned for at least 10 days. Mora is hoping for a recovery before the end of the year as some officials mention the date of December 27.

Official sources said Iran had called for talks to be suspended while the West wanted to extend until Tuesday.

According to Enrique Mora and other officials, Tehran’s demands have been incorporated into the existing text in order to have a common basis for negotiation.

Technical progress has reportedly been made in the past 24 hours, but it only brings talks closer to where they were in June, lamented France, the UK and Germany (E3). The three European powers consider that the interruption of the talks is disappointing.

The Europeans urged Iran to quickly resume talks and engage constructively to speed up negotiations.

The Iranian delegation did not specify the reasons for its request to stop the talks. The negotiations have made little progress since they resumed on November 29 in Vienna for the first time since the election last June to the Iranian presidency of the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raïssi.

If the other side accepts Iran’s logical views, the next negotiating session may be the lastIran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani told reporters.

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