Guarantees, 3 other issues still pending in Vienna talks: Source
In comments late Friday, the knowledgeable source said that in addition to safeguards issues, there were at least three other pending issues in the Vienna talks.
The comments came amid speculation fueled by U.S. and European officials and media that issues resolved in the Vienna talks and the final outcome of the JCPOA negotiations would hinge on the visit that the Director General of the International Peacekeeping Agency Atomic Energy (IAEA) is pay to Iran.
“The question of safeguards is one of the very important topics, because the logical approach of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the rational conduct of the P4+1 could play a significant role in the success of the negotiations. However, that is not the whole story and three other issues are also outstanding,” the source added.
The source went on to say that Iran showed maximum flexibility in the negotiations, and now the ball is in the court of the P4+1 whose logical decision will help the talks bear fruit.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi arrived in Tehran to hold talks with Iranian officials on continued technical cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the UN nuclear agency.
The visit comes as talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries aimed at reviving the 2015 agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), continue in Vienna.
Ahead of his trip to Tehran, the IAEA chief tweeted that his visit came at “a critical time but a positive outcome for everyone is possible”.
The Vienna talks began last April on the assumption that the United States, under the Joe Biden administration, is ready to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former President Donald Trump.
Tehran says it will settle for nothing less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. He also wants guarantees that Washington will not abandon the deal again.
The United States left the JCPOA in 2018 and began implementing what it called the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions against the Islamic Republic, depriving the country of the economic benefits of the agreement, including the lifting of sanctions, for which Iran had agreed. certain ceilings on its nuclear activities.