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Nuclear: Iran’s chief negotiator returns to Vienna | Iran: a new president and a new agreement


In recent days, negotiators have reported progress in the Vienna talks aimed at salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany.

The challenge is to bring the United States, which withdrew in 2018 by restoring sanctions against Iran, and Tehran, which in response broke its commitments related to its sensitive nuclear activities, back into the agreement.

The 2015 agreement allowed, until the American withdrawal, the lifting of international economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. In exchange, the latter respected the restrictions linked to its nuclear program, supposed to prevent it from acquiring the atomic bomb, an intention that it has always denied.

An Iranian flag at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to launch work on a second reactor at the plant in November 2019.

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Ali Bagheri will leave tonight [dimanche] for Vienna with a clear agenda to continue negotiations aimed at resolving the problems to arrive to a settlement, the official Iranian news agency Irna announced.

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Mr. Baghéri returned to Iran on Wednesday to consult its leaders and called on the West to take decisions in order to be able to cross the finishing line in the negotiations in the Austrian capital.

These continued at expert level in the absence of the chief negotiators.

We await the return of Iran’s chief negotiator […] to finalize JCPOA reinstatement agreementthe acronym used to designate the 2015 agreement, Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said on Twitter.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Said Khatibzadeh the negotiations in Vienna came at the time [où seront prises] important political decisions by the United States or the West.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said his country was studying a sketch agreed after a telephone interview with Josep Borell, his counterpart from the European Union (EU).

One of the sticking points remains the lack of clarification from Tehran on the possible presence of nuclear material on unofficial Iranian sites, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UN nuclear policeman .

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IAEA regarding actions of our country in the past […] no one should maintain this topic to maintain political pressure”,”text”:”We have responded to political questions or demands from the IAEA regarding our country’s actions in the past […] no one should maintain this topic to maintain political pressure”}}”>We responded to questions or political demands from theInternational Atomic Energy Agency regarding actions of our country in the past […] no one should keep this topic going to keep the political pressure going on Tehran, accused Mr. Khatibzadeh, questioned by state television.

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