Iranian nuclear | EU hopes to reach agreement ‘in the coming days’

(Prague) The head of European diplomacy said, on Wednesday, that he hopes to reach an Iranian nuclear agreement “in the coming days”, against the background of consultations between Joe Biden and the Israeli Prime Minister, a fierce opponent of the process.

Posted yesterday at 4:49pm.

Jan Flemer with Aurelia End in Washington
France media agency

“I hope that in the coming days we will not lose this momentum and that we will be able to conclude the agreement,” Josep Borrell declared at the conclusion of an informal meeting of European foreign ministers in Prague.

He emphasized that “there is clearly common ground, and that we have an agreement that takes into account, I think, the interests of each party.”

The European Union on August 8 submitted what it called a final text to restore the landmark 2015 agreement buried by former US President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden himself promised to restore the agreement, believing that it was the best way to curb Iran’s nuclear program, and that the US withdrawal only encouraged Tehran to accelerate its project.

Under the new proposal, Iran would get sanctions relief and could once again sell its oil in return for tighter restrictions on its nuclear programme.

Iran and the United States responded by proposing a series of changes.

Biden and Lapid

Indicating the involvement of the American president, he spoke Wednesday with the Prime Minister of Israel, Yasser Lapid.

The latter is struggling to convince the West that renewing this agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would be a huge mistake, allowing Iran to replenish its coffers thanks to oil sales, thus financing its destabilizing activities in the Middle East. .

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A statement from Yair Lapid’s office said the two leaders “discussed at length the negotiations on the nuclear deal” and “their commitment to halt Iran’s progress toward acquiring nuclear weapons” and Iran’s regional influence.

In this regard, the Prime Minister of the Hebrew state “stressed the importance of the strikes ordered by President Biden in Syria.”

Last Thursday, the US military announced that it had carried out an operation in eastern Syria with the aim of deterring Iranian-backed armed groups from continuing to attack their bases in the region.

During the interview, Joe Biden, who was warmly received in Israel in July, emphasized “the US commitment to never allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.”

Washington asserts that Iran has made decisive concessions, and in particular abandoned its demand to prevent some inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

However, this subject of inspections remains highly sensitive on both sides.

Thus, Tehran recently requested the closure of an investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding traces of enriched uranium found at three undeclared sites, which was rejected by the Agency’s head, Rafael Grossi.

The UN nuclear policeman had expressed regret over the lack of “credible” answers from Tehran about these effects.

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