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US says nuclear deal possible in days if Iran “shows seriousness”

The United States said Thursday that “substantial progress” had been made during talks in Vienna on rescuing Iran’s nuclear deal, and considered the agreement possible within days if Iran “shows seriousness” on the issue.

Negotiations in Vienna involving Iran, as well as the UK, China, France, Germany and Russia directly and indirectly the US, resumed in late November with a view to renewing the 2015 agreement.

The agreement offered to lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, but the United States unilaterally left in 2018 under the former president Donald Trump and reintroduced severe economic sanctions, forcing Iran to start backing away from its commitments.

Saying that “significant progress has been made in the last week,” a State Department spokesman said. AFP that “if Iran shows seriousness, we can and should reach an agreement on mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA within a few days,” using the acronym for the 2015 agreement.

But “anything much more than that would put the possibility of a return to a serious risk deal,” the spokesman added.

Experts believe that Iran is only a few weeks away from having enough fissile material to build nuclear weapons – even if it takes a few more difficult steps to build a real bomb.

The President Joe Biden said he was ready to return to the deal and ease some U.S. sanctions, provided Tehran resumes its commitments under the agreement.

France warned Iran on Wednesday that the time for a new deal was running out. Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was a “matter of days”, adding that if there was no agreement, a major crisis would be resolved.

But earlier in the day, Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Excavators said they were “more than ever close to an agreement”.

He called on other parties to be “realistic” and to make “serious decisions”.

Tehran has also called on the US Congress to declare that Washington will commit itself if an agreement is reached in Vienna.

In 2018, the Iranian authorities said they wanted “guarantees” of the agreement, as the potential for a political coup in the United States again called into question.

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2022/02/17/us-nuclear-deal-iran/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-nuclear-deal-iran US says nuclear deal possible in days if Iran “shows seriousness”

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