The indirect conversations between Iran Y U.S to save the 2015 nuclear deal were resumed on Monday and Tehran it focused on one side of the original deal, lifting the sanctions against it, despite little progress in controlling its atomic activities.
The seventh round of talks, the first under Iran’s new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, It ended 10 days ago after adding some new Iranian demands to a working text.
Western powers said progress was too slow and that negotiators had “weeks, not months” left before the 2015 deal became meaningless.
Little remains of that agreement, which lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its atomic activities. Then-President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of it in 2018, reimposing US sanctions, and Iran later violated many of the deal’s nuclear restrictions and kept pushing well beyond them.
“Today all parties agreed to return to activate the eighth round of negotiations including in (the) Christmas and New Year holidays. This in itself shows a greater sense of urgency on the part of all parties involved,” said the chief envoy of China, Wang Qun to journalists.
He spoke shortly before a meeting of the remaining parties to the agreement (Iran, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, Germany and the European Union) the round would formally start around 6 pm (1700 GMT), although the envoys had already gathered in several smaller formats.
Iran refuses to meet directly with US officials, meaning that other parties must travel between the two sides. The United States has repeatedly expressed frustration over this format, saying it slows down the process, and Western officials still suspect that Iran is simply playing for time.
The 2015 deal extended the time Iran would need to obtain enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb, if it so desired, to at least a year from around two to three months.
Most experts say there is less time now than before the deal, although Iran says it only wants to master nuclear technology for civilian uses.
End of the road for Iran
“The most important issue for us is to get to a point where Iranian oil can be sold easily and without hindrance in the first place,” said the foreign minister of Iran. Iran, Hossein Amirabdollahian, quoted by Iranian media, before talks resumed.
Iran’s position is that all US sanctions must be lifted before action is taken on the nuclear side, while Western negotiators say nuclear and sanctions measures must be balanced.
The sanctions of U.S they have drastically reduced Iran’s oil exports, its main source of income. Tehran does not release data, but assessments based on shipping and other sources suggest a drop of about 2.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2018 to just 200,000 bpd. A survey put exports at 600,000 bpd in June.
“This round of negotiations will focus on lifting sanctions,” said Wang de China. Diplomats said the latest round focused primarily on nuclear restrictions, although Western powers said little progress was made.
When the seventh round concluded, incorporating some Iranian demands, the negotiators of France, Great Britain Y Germany They said in a statement: “This only brings us closer to where the talks were in June,” when the previous round ended.
“We are quickly reaching the end of the road for this negotiation,” they added.
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