Iran Spokesman Optimistic Over Nuclear Talks, Top Negotiator More Cautious
Tuesday, 25 May 2021 19:28
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei Tuesday reiterated earlier remarks by President Hassan Rouhani, saying he was optimistic over Tehran reaching an agreement soon at talks with world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal. However, Iran’s top negotiator has cautioned that serious issues remained.
Iran and global powers have held talks since April in Vienna, working on steps that Tehran and Washington must take on sanctions and nuclear activities to return to full compliance with the nuclear pact.
“General agreements have been reached on major disputes. On the lifting of sanctions, the remaining cases are very minor, and given the negotiation process, we are optimistic about resolving the remaining minor and practical cases,” Rabiei told an online news conference.
Iran’s top negotiator, Abbas Araghchi (Araqchi) struck a more cautious stance in comments to state TV.
“There are still serious and important issues that need to be resolved,” he said. “Today we will start the negotiations again and we hope that during the few days of talks, God willing, we will be able to reach the final solutions.”
On his way to the talks, US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said on Twitter: “The latest round of talks was constructive and saw meaningful progress. But much work still needs to be done.”
Washington withdrew from the deal in 2018, prompting Iran to steadily overstep the accord’s limits on its nuclear program.
Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said sanctions on oil, shipping, petrochemicals, insurance and the central bank had been dealt with in the talks, though European diplomats said success was not guaranteed and very difficult issues remained.
Reporting by Reuters