(Tehran) Iran said on Monday it had noticed the “realistic” approach it said the West had taken in talks to save the nuclear deal in Vienna as negotiations resumed after a three-day hiatus.
“Today we can see a regression, or rather the realism of the western part of the Vienna talks, which cannot have any demands beyond the nuclear agreement,” the ministry’s spokesman noted. Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Khatibzadeh in front of the press.
But Khatibzadeh added, “It is too early to judge whether the United States and the three European countries have set a real agenda to commit to lifting sanctions.”
Earlier this morning, the official IRNA news agency announced that Iranian negotiator Ali Bagheri had arrived in the Austrian capital to continue talks, after a three-day break due to the holiday season.
On Monday evening, IRNA reported that Mr. Bagheri met with European Union Coordinator Enrique Mora. On Thursday, he announced that “relatively satisfactory” progress had been made in the early days of the new round of negotiations.
The agency added that Al-Baghri held a separate meeting with the main negotiators from the European parties to the 2015 agreement.
Russian envoy in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Twitter that Monday’s meetings were “informal”.
Washington, for its part, noted “modest” progress in Vienna, and joined the Europeans in insisting on the “urgency” of ending discussions in the face of Iran’s nuclear progress.
These talks were relaunched at the end of November after a five-month hiatus between Tehran and the countries still party to the agreement (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China).
In Vienna, the quota aims to return Washington, which it left in 2018, to the agreement, and to return Tehran to honor its commitments, which it violated in response to the reimposition of US sanctions. The United States is indirectly involved in the negotiations.
Today, Monday, Mr. Khatibzadeh noted that “today is the day of the conflicting parties to show their commitment and show that we can progress in the area of lifting sanctions, guarantees and verification, as we have made little progress.”
“Of course we have to make sure that (foreign) companies are not affected by Washington’s daily concerns,” he added.
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