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Nuclear: Iran wants a “political statement” from the US Congress

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After weeks of intensive talks, we are closer than ever to an agreement; however, nothing is agreed until everything is agreedIranian negotiator Ali Baghéri tweeted in English in the evening.

Our negotiating partners must be realistic, avoid intransigence and take into account the lessons of the past four years. It’s time for them to make some serious decisionshe also added.

Earlier, Tehran said it wanted, as a guarantee, a political statement of the United States Congress in which the United States pledges to return to the nuclear agreement and to implement it.

As a matter of principle, public opinion in Iran cannot accept as a guarantee the words of a head of state, let alone that of the United States because of the withdrawal of the Americans in 2018, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, according to a copy of his interview Wednesday with the FinancialTimes published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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A tipping point

The head of Iranian diplomacy revealed that he asked Iranian negotiators to propose to the Western parties thatat least their parliaments or their president, including the US Congress, can proclaim in the form of a political declaration their commitment to the agreement and to return to implementation of the agreement.

The head of French diplomacy, for his part, felt that the ball was in the court of the Iranians: The further we go, the more Iran speeds up its nuclear procedures, the less interest there is for the parties to join the JCPOA [l’accord de 2015]so we have reached the tipping point, right now.

It’s not a matter of weeks, it’s a matter of daysinsisted Jean-Yves Le Drian before the Senate, while emphasizing that an agreement was to handy.

The Vienna talks aim to bring Washington back to the 2015 nuclear deal, including lifting sanctions against Iran, and to ensure Tehran’s full compliance with its commitments.

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Convergence

The other signatories of the agreement, the Europeans (France, Germany, United Kingdom), China and Russia, as well as the United States which left in 2018, have found a convergence to conclude in Vienna, underlined Mr. Le Drian.

It is necessary [maintenant] political decisions on the part of the Iranianshammered the French Minister of Foreign Affairs.

They have a very clear choice before them: either they trigger a serious crisis in the coming days, we could do without it, or they accept the agreement which respects the interests of all the parties, and particularly the interests of iranhe added.

The deal offered sanctions relief to Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, but the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under President Donald Trump. At the same time, they reinstated heavy economic sanctions, prompting Iran to begin to renege on its commitments.

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