The stalemate between Tehran and Washington on the nuclear deal has broken its stalemate
The stalled talks on the Iran-US nuclear deal may soon resume. The head of the EU foreign policy department said that the stalemate was broken after a meeting with the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic in Tehran. The topic of lifting sanctions against Iran is becoming relevant again.
Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief, said that negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran will resume, which will prevent a complete failure of the agreement, which could provoke a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
According to The Guardian, after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran, Borrell said the deadlock that had stalled talks on resuming the nuclear deal since March had broken. Borrell did not give details on the exact date for the resumption of talks or the exact format, but said the process took place with the consent of Iran and the US. He also met with Iranian national security chief Ali Shamkhani.
Previous talks have floundered, although most aspects of the US return to the nuclear deal have been settled. However, US President Joe Biden was unwilling to accept Iran's demand to lift sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by ending its status as a “foreign terrorist organization”.
At a joint press conference in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian said: “We are ready to resume negotiations in Vienna in the coming days.”
The Iranian minister expressed hope that the US “this time” will adhere to a “realistic and fair approach”; and give Iran the full economic benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA). In 2018, Donald Trump announced that he would impose the “highest level of economic sanctions” ever. against Iran and withdrew the US from the international agreement on the nuclear deal.
The Iranian foreign minister said he had conducted “detailed, precise and profound” talks with Borrell about negotiations to revive the JCPOA, adding: “We are going to break the deadlock in the Vienna talks and put an end to the tensions that have existed in recent days.” the UN inspectorate has lost almost all effective access to Iran's nuclear facilities. Tehran reacted to a vote of no confidence earlier this month by the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency by shutting down some cameras at its facilities, undermining “continuity of knowledge”; UN on Iran's nuclear activities.
Many regional observers remain doubtful that a deal will be reached, but the conflict in Ukraine did not provide Tehran with unexpected economic benefits, as Russia offered its oil to China at a reduced price, crowding out Iran from key markets, writes The Guardian. According to Hamid Hosseini, President of the Oil and Gas Exporters Union of Iran, Iran's oil exports to China fell by 34% as of May.