Interim deal in Vienna still not on table: Iranian source

Speaking to Tasnim on Saturday, the source commented on reports of a possible interim deal with Iran as part of the Vienna talks, saying: “As mentioned several times before, plans for an interim deal do not have never been on Iran’s agenda, and the Iran team is still striving to reach a lasting and reliable agreement.

The source made it clear that an interim deal remains off the Iranian team’s agenda in the JCPOA talks.

The comments came after NBC News quoted two US officials as saying that Russia had been discussing a possible interim deal with Iran in recent weeks, which would involve limited sanctions relief in exchange for the reimposition of some restrictions on the Tehran’s nuclear program.

He added that the United States was aware of Russia’s proposal to Iran.

The eighth round of talks between Iran and the other signatories to the 2015 deal – Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany – kicked off last week in the capital Austrian side, while sources close to the talks say the Iranian team insists on a long-term and reliable deal, refusing an interim deal.

Reports suggest that the factual verification of the lifting of US sanctions, which had been one of the main issues opposed by Western parties, has been officially acknowledged and a discussion on verification mechanisms is still ongoing.

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