Iran Responds To EU “Final” Nuclear Draft Text

Iran on Tuesday responded to a proposed “final” European Union draft text to salvage its 2015 nuclear deal, but asked the US to show flexibility on the process.

State-news agency IRNA reported that Tehran has submitted a written response to the draft text of a Vienna agreement and said that a deal is possible if the US acted “realistically.”

“Disagreements are persisting in three main issues and the US has accepted two of them verbally, but Iran wants to have it in the text,” IRNA reported, without specifying them.

The US had earlier said that it would review the text it received on August 8 and inform EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell of its response.

IRNA had reported earlier that Iran might accept the final text submitted by the EU to save the nuclear deal and be ready to curb its nuclear activities in return for sanction relief.

Mohammad Marandi, an aide to Iran’s negotiating team, said that the main issues in the talks have been resolved, hinting toward a possible deal in the near future.

Reportedly, the EU has received Iran’s response, but there has been no official statement in this regard so far.

Iran’s nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) moribund since 2018 when former US President Donald Trump withdrew from it and reimposed severe sanctions.

The incumbent US President, Joe Biden, had shown interest in the resumption of nuclear talks, but no breakthrough was made despite one year of direct and indirect talks in Vienna.

The representatives of the UK, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the US indirectly began negotiating on JCPOA in April 2021, but it faced deadlock and came to a standstill in March this year.

Talks resumed again in August with coordination and mediation from the EU and both the capitals. Tehran and Washington were asked to “quickly” respond to the “final” text aimed at salvaging the deal.

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