Progress In Vienna Talks: Iran’s Top Negotiator Says US Is Ready To Lift Some Sanctions

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Progress In Vienna Talks: Iran’s Top Negotiator Says US Is Ready To Lift Some Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. Image source: Iranian Presidency office/EPA-EFE

The ongoing talks in Vienna between the US and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are finally seeing some progress.

On May 1, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araghchi, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, revealed that there is an agreement on lifting US sanctioned off some Iranian individuals and institutions.

After attending the 3rd round of talks in Vienna, Araghchi told Iran state TV IRIB that sanctions will be lift off the energy sector, which includes oil and gas, the automotive industry, as well as off banking and shipping.

“Discussions have matured and become clearer,” Araghchi said. “Both in the nuclear issue and in the talks on sanctions, we have small technical points and details that need to be discussed and elaborated on. In many cases there are similarities. In some cases, there are still differences, and the differences are now clearer.”

The senior official went on to reveal that that talks had entered the drafting stage, noting that from now on the work will slow down.

“At the same time, the process is moving forward, even though slowly. However, we can still not predict completely when and how we will be able to reach an agreement,” said the official. “The form of the agreement will definitely be in accordance with the definite stances of the Establishment, and there is no doubt about it.”

Former US President Donald Trump pulled out from the nuclear deal and imposed harsh sanctions on Iran. This forced Tehran to re-expand its nuclear program.

A 4th round of talks will be held on May 7. Russia’ representative in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said that a final agreement to revive the nuclear deal could be reached within a few weeks.

This breakthrough is guaranteed to trigger Israel, the only objector of the JCPOA. Tel Aviv may move, in some way, to hinder or sabotage Vienna talks before the next round. Israeli intelligence chief have already threatened Tehran with a war.

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