The delegations of the countries participating in the negotiations to revive the nuclear agreement held in the Austrian capital Vienna their last meeting within the sixth round between Iran and the 4+1 group, which falls within the framework of the meetings of the joint committee of the nuclear agreement aimed at bringing the United States back to it and ensuring its full implementation.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry's media department, according to IRNA news agency, the meeting was held today, headed by Enrique Mora, Deputy Director of the European Union's External Relations Service, while the Iranian negotiating delegation was headed by Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi.
Araqchi said in a statement before the meeting: "We are closer to reaching an agreement than ever before, but bridging the gap between us requires taking decisions, most of which fall on the shoulders of the other parties."
Araqchi added, "We have reached the stage where we believe that all the documents are almost ready after days of hard work. With regard to the main contentious issues, some of them were settled, and what remained took a specific form and its dimensions became completely clear."
Araqchi stressed that the time has come for the other parties to take their final decisions, after it became completely clear what steps they must take, and said, "We will stop negotiations for an indefinite period so far, not only for the purpose of consultation, but for the purpose of taking decisions."
Negotiations began on the 2nd of last April between the delegations of Iran and the 4+1 group, which includes France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China, and in the presence of an American delegation without directly participating in the negotiations aimed at returning Washington to the agreement and lifting its sanctions on Iran as a prelude to the latter's return to its obligations under it. .
In turn, Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, announced that the Vienna negotiations had succeeded in making great progress, and said, "It was agreed in the committee to take a break for consultations in the capitals."
"The nuclear agreement committee met and noticed a lot of progress, including what was achieved during the sixth round," Ulyanov added on his Twitter account, noting that he decided to take a break to allow the participants to consult in their country's capitals and prepare mostly for the final round.
"The agreement is within reach, but it has not been finalized yet, and today's meeting will decide the course that is supposed to be followed," Ulyanov added.
In a related context, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced that differences remain in the Vienna negotiations, and said in an interview with ABC News, America: “There is still a reasonable distance to cut some key issues, including sanctions and nuclear commitments, that Iran has to meet.” pledge it.”
"The question of which sanctions on Iran were due to be lifted is still being discussed," Sullivan added.
The previous US administration headed by Donald Trump exited the nuclear agreement unilaterally in 2018 and continued to impose sanctions on Iran in violation of its obligations under the agreement, and despite the announcement by the current administration headed by Joe Biden its desire to return to it, it has not done so so far and is trying to blackmail Iran in other files.
Iran insists on the need for the United States to return to the agreement and lift sanctions before it returns to reducing its commitments under the agreement, and categorically refuses to conduct any new negotiations on that or link this matter with other files.