Iran says EU proposal to revive nuclear deal could be 'acceptable'
An Iranian diplomat said Friday that European Union (EU) proposals for reviving the 2015 nuclear deal would be acceptable only if the fulfillment of Iran's demands is ensured, according to the official news agency IRNA.
The diplomat said on condition of anonymity that Iran is reviewing the proposals to see if they can credibly meet Iran's various demands, including resolving political claims about IAEA safeguards, removing sanctions on Iran, and having all sides guaranteed to reach a potential agreement at the end of the nuclear negotiations.
The EU on Monday put forward a final text of the draft decision on reviving the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while awaiting political decisions from the participants of the Vienna talks.
The talks began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital but were suspended in March because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.
The latest round of talks, which had begun on Thursday following a five-month hiatus, came to an end on Monday.
Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country. However, former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.
(Cover: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends a press conference with Josep Borell, the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in Tehran, Iran, June 25, 2022. /CFP)