A source close to the nuclear talks between Iran and the five powers in Vienna told Reuters tonight (Friday) that progress had been made between the parties on the way to renewing the nuclear agreement.
The source claimed that the parties were approaching decisive moments, in his words, and that the atmosphere in Vienna had improved.
"The parties have begun to deal with the removal of sanctions and the nuclear program," the source said, adding, "We have begun to discuss concretely, things that can be translated into words."
However, the source clarified that a deal has not yet been signed, and the parties do not have all the time in the world.
The source noted that one of the ideas currently floating in the negotiating room is the removal of sanctions on Iran while imposing restrictions on its nuclear program in the "two days of return to agreements".
In addition, the parties discussed a mechanism that would prevent the re-imposition of sanctions in the event of unilateral retirement by the US.
Former United States President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement signed by his predecessor Barack Obama and the United States, and the other powers lifted sanctions on the Iranian nuclear program and the Iranian economy as a whole, in exchange for oversight of the UN nuclear program. IAA and Partial Dissolution. In addition to the United States and Iran, the agreement is also signed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China.
At the same time, EU representative in the talks, Joseph Burrell, expects that the parties can reach an agreement within weeks.
"The atmosphere has improved since Christmas," Burrell said, "before the holiday I was pessimistic, but I believe an agreement can be reached. I hope we can announce it in the coming weeks."
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also addressed the issue and described the need to reach an agreement as "essential", saying talks had been too slow so far.
"The choice is between a return to an agreement, or a new crisis with Iran," he argued.
"I warn that things have gone so well with me so far, and if it continues - there may be nothing left to talk about," the minister said, referring to the fact that Iran has begun enriching nuclear material at a high level in recent months - in breach of the agreement.
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