Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday he was ready to go to Vienna if a nuclear deal is reached, as negotiators reported progress on talks.
“I am ready to go to Vienna when the Western parties accept our remaining red lines,” Hossein Amir-Abdullahian said in a telephone interview with his European counterpart Josep Borrell. Months of talks in the Austrian capital are aimed at salvaging the 2015 agreement between Iran, the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany.
“The presence of foreign ministers in Vienna and the announcement of the final agreement depend on the full respect of the red lines declared by Iran, including guarantees at the economic level”, the minister said. Mr. Amir-Abdullahian did not provide details on these guarantees or “red lines”. The 2015 agreement allowed the lifting of international economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for stricter limits on its nuclear program, supposed to prevent it from acquiring the nuclear bombs that Tehran seeks.
But the United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under President Donald Trump, who deemed it inadequate, and reinstated its sanctions. In response, Tehran has largely freed itself from sanctions on its nuclear activities. Negotiations are still taking place between the parties to the agreement, with the indirect participation of the United States.
In Vienna, the challenge lies in getting Washington back to the accord and getting Tehran back to honor its commitments. In line with efforts in the Austrian capital, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi will visit Iran on Saturday, the UN body announced on Thursday.
The IAEA requests that Iran provide clarification on the presence of nuclear material in undeclared sites on its territory. Tehran calls for the closure of this investigation to allow the conclusion of the agreement. Washington estimated Thursday that a “potential settlement” was “closer”, calling for a “quick” solution to the issues still lingering.
An Iranian foreign affairs spokesman indicated on Monday that Tehran was awaiting a “political decision” from the West on issues related to the lifting of sanctions, guarantees (US of non-refundable, editor’s note) and some political claims on the nuclear program peace. of Iran”.
Iran’s foreign minister said on Friday he was ready to travel to Vienna if a nuclear deal is reached, as negotiators reported on progress in talks.
“I am ready to go to Vienna when the Western parties accept our remaining red lines,” Hussein Amir-Abdullahian said in an interview.
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