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Iran Touts ‘Progress’ in Nuclear Deal Talks; But Warns Demands Not ‘Met’

Irán asegura que están "avanzando en las negociaciones nucleares"

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Iran’s government said Monday that there has been progress in nuclear negotiations to return the 2015 pact, but qualified that not all of its demands have been “met.”

“There was significant progress in the latest round of talks in Vienna. We are making progress,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Naser Kanani told a press conference.

“Relative progress has been made, but these advances have not completely satisfied Iran’s legal demands,” Kanani said.

The Iranian spokesman affirmed that the new EU proposal is being studied “at the highest level” in Tehran and emphasized once again that Iran seeks “guarantees” about Iranian economic interests.

For Kanani, it is possible to sign the agreement in the “very near” future if the other side is realistic, Iran’s red lines are respected and Tehran’s economic interests are guaranteed.

The Iranian foreign spokesman stated that “we are at the stage of progress, but closing the deal in this round of talks depends on meeting Iran’s legitimate expectations.”

Iran has been negotiating since April 2021 with Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China – and the United States, indirectly – to restore the 2015 pact, which limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions.

The latest round of talks was held between 4 and 8 this month in Vienna and the negotiating teams returned to their capitals for consultations.

Outstanding issues include sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard or assurances that the U.S. will not leave the agreement again.

The 2015 nuclear pact limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, but in 2018 Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned it and reimposed economic sanctions against Iran due to the Iranian regime’s failure to meet its obligations.

Editor’s note: The quotes featured in this article were translated from Spanish to English.

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