Tehran, however, still awaits “serious decisions” from foreign partners, underlined its chief negotiator
Iran and world powers are close to reaching an agreement on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran’s chief negotiator has said, although he added that the ball is now on the side of the other partners of the agreement.
“After weeks of intensive discussions, we are closer than ever to an agreement,” Ali Bagheri announcement on Twitter late Wednesday.
However, the diplomat cautioned against celebrating too soon, pointing out that “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”
He advised Iran’s negotiating partners to “be realistic, avoid intransigence” and refrain from repeating their past mistakes in their relations with their country. Tehran was still waiting “Serious Decisions” on the other side, Bagheri said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also spoke about the deal on Thursday, telling his country’s Senate that “It’s not a matter of weeks, it’s a matter of days.”
“We need political decisions from the Iranians. They have a very clear choice,” Le Drian said, warning that Tehran will “trigger a serious crisis in the coming days” by not signing the agreement.
Talks to relaunch the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have been underway in the Austrian capital Vienna since April last year. They were difficult and were repeatedly interrupted by long breaks.
The UK, China, France, Germany and Russia negotiate directly with Iran, while the US remains an indirect participant in the process. These countries were signatories to the original agreement in 2015.
Under the JCPOA, Tehran agreed to curb its military nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions against it.
However, in 2018, then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from the landmark deal, which he described as “worst deal ever” and imposed a series of new restrictions on Tehran.
This decision stunned the other signatories, while prompting Iran to backtrack on its commitments and return to uranium enrichment.
Attempts to revive the deal began after Joe Biden replaced Trump in the White House.
In early February, the United States lifted some sanctions against Tehran, allowing foreign companies to engage in some civilian projects at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant and other facilities.
This decision was seen as an attempt to facilitate the success of the negotiations in Vienna.