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Iran has said it has reached an agreement with the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on the Biden administration to lift a number of economic sanctions that could speed up negotiations aimed at restoring the historic agreement.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of talks in Vienna on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Arachi said there was an “agreement to lift sanctions on” most people “and on the energy, automotive, financial, insurance and port sectors. of Iran. , adding that negotiations are ongoing for sanctions to be applied to others.
He did not give further details and US officials present at the Vienna talks did not immediately comment. The United States does not negotiate directly with Iran, but participates in discussions led by other parties to the treaty.
One European official sounded more cautious, saying that much was still needed to reach a deal and that there was little time left.
The official said he hoped more progress would be made in the last week and that an understanding on the most critical points was yet to be reached. The official asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.
“The talks have reached a level of maturity both on controversial issues and on points on which there is agreement,”
An Iranian nuclear deal is being sought until mid-May to avoid a rift
World powers led by The European Union, including Russia and China, is trying to reach an agreement between the United States and Iran to renew the landmark agreement that former President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018. Vienna talks are focused on reaching a consensus on how the United States will lift hundreds of sanctions from the Iranian economy.
Iran has said the United States must lift all sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran, not just those under the terms of the nuclear deal.
Aragchi added that delegates are also working on the details of the text of a document that will formalize the return of the United States and full compliance with Iran from the original agreement, which limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions.
Earlier on Saturday, after the final round of talks ended, Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said that although it was “too early to worry”, there had been “undeniable progress”, adding that delegates planned to meet at the end of the talks. the following week after returning to their capitals on Saturday afternoon.
Officials spent three weeks traveling to Vienna and back hope to complete negotiations and finalize an agreement on the deal by May 22nd, Ulyanov said. The interim nuclear monitoring agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency then expires.
“With the help of Geraldine Amiel.”
(Updates with comments from a European official in the fifth paragraph.)