Iran FM Says Nuclear Deal Closer Than Ever

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Wednesday said that Iran and the world powers are closer than ever to reviving a 2015 nuclear deal, but said the deal won’t happen if the US side did not show goodwill in action.

In a news briefing with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in Damascus, Amirabdollahian said that “if the US side acts realistically” Iran is ready to finalize a deal in Vienna with participation of foreign ministers of countries involved in talks.

“We believe that today we are closer to an agreement in Vienna than ever before,” Amirabdollahian  added.

On Tuesday, State Department Spokesman Ned Price said that the deal is not “imminent or certain” but said that Washington was prepared to make “difficult decisions.”

“In fact we are preparing equally for scenarios with and without a mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA,” Price added.

Amirabdollahian said Iran has offered its latest proposals to the US for achieving a deal via the European Union’s Coordinator and has made it clear that the country “will not cross its redlines.”

Iran is looking for sanctions to be removed immediately and also wants a guarantee from the US in order not to withdraw from any possible deal in the future. US former President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018, and also reimposed sanctions, promoting Iran to accelerate its nuclear program.

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