US, Iran closer to restore their nuclear deal: British envoy Stephanie Al-Qaq

By Shabbir Hussain

ISLAMABAD, Mar 05 ( Alliance News): The British envoy says talks between Iran and the United States are moving toward an agreement to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

Quoting British, French and German diplomats, British Diplomat, Director Middle East & North Africa  Stephanie Al-Qaq in a tweet on her social media account said : “We are very close and an E3 negotiating delegation is leaving Vienna to brief the ministers.”

Despite the British ambassador’s mischievous post on Twitter, two sources directly aware of the situation said that no agreement has been reached between the Iranian and European officials so far, while Ali Bagheri Kani is the head of the Iranian negotiating delegation in Vienna.

Negotiators have been trying for 11 months to restore the 2015 agreement, under which Iran restricted its nuclear program and made it difficult to obtain material for its bomb.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdullahian said the West’s haste in reaching a nuclear deal could not stop Iran from adhering to the red lines, including economic guarantees.

Talks are underway to restore the 2015 nuclear deal. Talking about the ministerial meeting, Amir Abdullahian said that full compliance with the red lines is needed.

Iranian media quoted Abdullahian and the EU diplomat as saying in a telephone conversation that “we are ready to finalize a good and immediate agreement. Most of Iran’s requests have been considered in the forthcoming agreement.” ۔

A “possible deal” on a new Iranian nuclear program is imminent, but a number of key points have stalled the deal and its expiration date.

State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters that “significant progress” had been made in the Vienna meeting on restoring the 2015 nuclear deal, but that the issues remained unresolved and that no agreement had been reached. We will do this until we resolve the remaining issues quickly.

However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the talks, the chief Russian diplomat said he did not think he would be able to end the ministerial meeting, adding that an agreement was likely to be reached, but he could not say when.

However, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed in a concerted effort to reach an agreement.

With regard to nuclear material, the Vienna-based agency suspects that Iran has failed to specify the amount of material, which is another obstacle to resuming the agreement.

Diplomats say IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will travel to Tehran on Saturday, in the wake of the visit, in hopes of investigating Iran’s nuclear program, which could pave the way for a possible broader deal.


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