Iran said it has responded to the final proposal brokered by the European Union to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, but did not provide details on the content of the response.
This proposal was submitted by the European Union on August 8. The IRNA news agency reported on August 16 that negotiators had submitted their responses to the proposal, adding that Tehran will not accept the EU’s proposal despite warnings that there will be no more negotiations. “The differences are in three issues, in which the United States has expressed its verbal flexibility in two cases, but they should be included in the text,” said the IRNA report. “The third issue is related to guaranteeing the continuity of (the agreement), which depends on the US.”
“Iran has submitted a written response to the final draft of the Vienna agreement and has announced that the same will be reached if the United States reacts flexibly,” the agency reported. Peter Stano, the EU spokesman, told reporters on August 9 that the text is final and that “it is time for a decision: yes or no”. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted earlier by IRNA as saying that “the American side has verbally accepted the two demands” made by Tehran.
A spokesman for the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, confirmed that Tehran had submitted its response and said it was being analyzed. “We are analyzing it and we are consulting with other participants about the way forward,” the spokesman said, referring to the official title of the 2015 nuclear pact.
He did not give details of what the response contained. The prospect of reviving the deal, which could lead to the lifting of US sanctions on Iran’s oil production, has helped push global oil prices lower. Washington unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. After that, Iran began to gradually withdraw from the agreement obligations, enriching uranium.
The agreement limited uranium enrichment, in exchange for the easing of international economic sanctions. IRNA quoted an unidentified Iranian diplomat as saying that “the European Union’s proposals are acceptable on the condition that they provide guarantees to Iran on various points related to sanctions and safeguards.” Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia resumed talks with Iran on the deal in early August after a months-long hiatus. The United States participated indirectly./Rel
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