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US, Iran are ready for “direct negotiations” over a nuclear deal

First, Tehran said it was open to holding a direct parade with the United States to bail out the 2015 nuclear deal, and Washington repeatedly prepared to “meet in person” with the Iranians.

After a unilateral withdrawal under then-President Donald Trump in 2018, the United States has indirectly participated in the Vienna negotiations. (AP archive)

For the first time, Iran said it was open to direct nuclear negotiations with the United States, which declared it ready to negotiate “urgently” at a possible turning point to bail out the 2015 nuclear deal. ..

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdrahian said, “In the process of negotiations, if we determine that some consultation with the United States is necessary to reach a good agreement with a firm guarantee, we will not ignore it. “.

A spokesman for the US State Department reiterated after Iran commented that “the United States is ready to meet in person.”

A spokeswoman referred to the nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, stating that it would be more productive to engage directly with Iran in both the JCPOA negotiations and other issues. I’ve kept it for a long time. “

“Given the pace of Iran’s nuclear progress, we are almost out of time to reach an understanding of the mutual return to the full implementation of the JCPOA,” officials added.

Vienna summit

Since last year, Tehran has been engaged in negotiations with five other world powers that are part of an agreement that provides mitigation of sanctions in exchange for curbing nuclear program.

After a unilateral withdrawal under then-President Donald Trump in 2018, Washington indirectly reverted the United States to a nuclear deal and indirectly in Vienna’s negotiations aimed at ensuring that Iran returned to its promise. I am joining.

However, Washington has stated that it wants to hold face-to-face talks many times, and if on Monday Iran’s foreign minister proved the key to a “good deal” to bail out difficult deals. He said his country would consider doing so.

Iran is currently in direct negotiations with other signatories to the agreement, Germany, France, China and the United Kingdom. The talks, which began in April last year, were suspended two months later as Iran elected the ultra-conservative President Ebrahim Raisi, who resumed in late November.

Relations with Iran have been cut off since April 1980, just months after the collapse of the Shah and the occupation of the US Embassy by students loyal to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

After Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal and imposed strict economic sanctions, relations deteriorated significantly and Tehran began rolling back its promises.

Iran has previously stated that the United States must “change course” and return to a nuclear deal before meeting in person.

Possibility of prisoner release

Earlier Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was “possible” to reach an agreement on both the release of prisoners from Iran and the United States and a nuclear agreement.

“These are two different paths, but if the other party (US) is determined, they can reach a credible and lasting agreement in the shortest possible time,” spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters. Told.

Khatibzadeh’s comments have responded to a statement by Iran’s US envoy Robert Murray, who said yesterday that Washington is unlikely to reach an agreement on a nuclear deal unless Tehran releases four citizens.

The four Americans are Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi (50 years old) and father Baquer (85 years old), environmentalist Morad Tahbaz (66 years old), and businessman Emad Sharqi (57 years old).

Washington also has four Iranian citizens.

Both countries have liberated each other’s citizens in the past.

Source: AFP

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