Iran says ‘technical issues’ in nuclear talks complete

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TEHRAN — Iran said Wednesday that “technical issues” in the now-paused negotiations to restore its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers have been resolved, but “political” issues persist ahead of concluding any deal.اضافة اعلان

Iran has been engaged for a year in negotiations with France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China directly, and the US indirectly, to revive the 2015 deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to step back from nuclear commitments.

Negotiations in Vienna aim to return the US to the deal, including through Washington lifting sanctions, and to ensure Tehran’s full compliance with its commitments.

“Technical issues and discussions in the Vienna talks have been completed,” Mohammad Eslami, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

“Only political issues remain,” he added.

Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said early this month that Iran will only return to Vienna to finalize an agreement.

The talks have been paused since March 11 after Russia demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed against Moscow after its February 24 invasion of Ukraine would not damage its trade with Iran.

Days later, Moscow said it had received the necessary guarantees.

Among the key remaining sticking points is Tehran’s demand to delist the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological arm of Iran’s military, from a US terror list.

That sanction, imposed by former US president Donald Trump after he withdrew from the nuclear agreement, is officially separate from the atomic file.

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