Iran's chief negotiator said on Saturday evening that he did not "
think that the negotiations
" on nuclear "
could come to a conclusion this week
", as the Iranians elect their president on June 18.
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Personally, I don't think we can come to a conclusion this week,
” Abbas Araghchi told the Iranian public broadcaster following the resumption of the sixth round of negotiations in Vienna.
At the end of the meeting in the Austrian capital, the Russian representative Mikhail Ulyanov also estimated that the negotiators needed "a few additional weeks to tidy up the existing text", according to a statement on Twitter.
The Iranians are being called to the polls to nominate the successor of President Hassan Rouhani, the main architect, on the Iranian side, of this agreement concluded in July 2015 with the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.
For several analysts, the prospect of an agreement to relaunch this pact torpedoed by Washington in 2018 seemed unlikely before the election was held.
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
” (JCPOA, to use its acronym) offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for a drastic reduction in its nuclear program, which is under strict control by the International Security Agency. atomic energy (IAEA).
But former President Donald Trump reinstated the US sanctions the agreement lifted and launched a campaign of "
" against Iran with additional sanctions.
In response, Iran has since May 2019 blown up most of the limits it had agreed to on its nuclear program.
Joe Biden, who succeeded Mr. Trump in January, says he wants to reintegrate the United States into the Vienna agreement.
Engaging Iran and the other states still parties to the pact, as well as, indirectly, the United States, the negotiations underway in Vienna tend towards this goal.
The moderate-reformist government of Mr. Rouhani has promised the Iranians the lifting of sanctions before the end of his mandate.
He hopes for a compromise in Vienna before handing over to the next president in August.