Iran Says Nuclear Agreement in Vienna “Closer Than Ever”

Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri said that world powers engaged in talks on Iran’s nuclear agreement in Vienna are “closer than ever to an agreement.”

The development came days after the French warned a major crisis would be unleashed if there is no agreement to come out from the Vienna talks.

Ali Bagheri in a tweet on late Wednesday said they “are closer than ever” to an agreement. “Our negotiating partners need to be realistic, avoid intransigence and heed lessons of the past 4yrs. Time for their serious decisions.” Bagheri wrote.

Iran had earlier said they don’t accept an oral guarantee from the US over any possible deal.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said as a matter of principle, “public opinion in Iran cannot accept as a guarantee the words of a head of state, let alone the US, due to the withdrawal of Americans” in 2018.

However, after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that Iran has just days to accept a deal on its nuclear program, Tehran’s top negotiator spoke of a possible agreement.

“It is not a question of weeks, it is a question of days,” Drian warned Iran that a major crisis would be unleashed if there is no agreement.

The representatives of Iran, the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia directly, and the US indirectly, had resumed the eight-round of Vienna talks with the aim of restoring the 2015 deal.


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