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Washington and Tehran consider direct nuclear talks

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Currently, Iran is not negotiating directly with the United States, but if during the negotiations we get to a point where reaching a good deal with strong safeguards requires some level of discussion with the United States , we will take it into consideration, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a conference broadcast on state television.

He acknowledged that the american side was sending messages in various ways whose purpose is to have direct contact with Iran.

Until now, Tehran refused any direct contact with Washington, considering that the enemy country should change attitude and go back to the 2015 deal before considering talking to him without intermediaries.

Progress in the talks

It comes as both sides finally report progress in the talks taking place in Vienna, even if the West warns against the risk that they are too late to allow a decisive breakthrough.

At the current rate of Iran’s nuclear advances, we are almost out of time to reach an agreement, thus warned Monday the spokesman of the American diplomacy Ned Price.

We are ready to meet them directly, he added, recalling that Washington has judged from the start that it would be more productive. According to him, meeting face-to-face would allow for more effective communication, which is urgently needed to quickly reach an agreement.

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The 2015 agreement, concluded between Iran on the one hand and Germany, China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Russia on the other hand, offered the Islamic Republic relief drastic international sanctions in exchange for an equally drastic limitation of its nuclear program, in order to guarantee that it did not seek to acquire the atomic bomb.

But in 2018, under the presidency of Donald Trump who considered it insufficient, the United States left the agreement and reinstated economic sanctions against Iran, which, in response, gradually freed itself from the restrictions imposed on its activities. nuclear.

Current US President Joe Biden wants to return to the agreement on condition that Tehran also renews its commitments.

Talks opened in April in Vienna, and resumed in the autumn after a five-month break, to set this mutual return in the 2015 text.

But they take place between Tehran and the great powers still members of the agreement concluded in 2015, while the Americans participate in them indirectly without ever having met the Iranians so far. The European Union plays the mediator.

The United States has warned in recent days that the outcome is approaching.

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We have, I think, a handful of weeks to see if we can get back to each other in keeping with the agreement., declared in mid-January the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken. Iran is getting closer and closer to the moment when it could produce, in a very, very short time, enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon.

moment of truth

Same story on the European side, where a diplomat sets mid-February as the hour of truth, calling for an acceleration of discussions.

This could be achieved through direct negotiations.

In another sign of optimism, a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it was possible to reach a nuclear agreement, but also for the release of four American citizens detained in the Islamic Republic.

The spokesman was reacting to statements from Washington, which seemed to make a link between the two files.

It’s very hard for us to imagine going back to the nuclear deal while four innocent people are being held hostage by Iran., reaffirmed Ned Price on Monday. But he assured that there was no direct or explicit link between these negotiations, because the return to the 2015 agreement is uncertain at best, while Joe Biden’s government wants the return of these Americans is certain.

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