Iran could renew surveillance pact if nuclear talks progress
Iran has said it could renew a key nuclear surveillance deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency, potentially giving world powers more time to negotiate a deal between Tehran and Washington to revive their atomic deal. 2015.
Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff to President Hassan Rouhani, said the extension of the temporary inspection pact with the IAEA will only take place if there is progress in the series of talks underway in Vienna on the way to restore the nuclear deal, according to a statement on the official website of the Iranian government.
Vaezi said he hoped there would be “good news in the coming weeks” of the negotiations, and reiterated that the parties had agreed on “many important economic issues”, without giving details. . Rouhani, who helped secure the original deal, wants to see it fully restored before August, when it is expected to be largely replaced by a hard-line conservative following Friday’s presidential elections.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is due to deliver a televised speech at 7 p.m. in Tehran, and is expected to address the vote and possibly foreign policy.
Iran warns time is running out to secure revival of nuclear deal
EU-led diplomats are in Vienna to try to iron out differences between Iran and the United States over some key outstanding issues, preventing them from agreeing on a return journey to the United States. agreement that lifted sanctions against the Iranian economy in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.
France’s foreign ministry said “significant disagreements” remained in the talks, while Germany called on all parties to “show pragmatism and flexibility in order to move forward in this difficult phase”.
The temporary pact with the IAEA, described as “palliative” by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, has already been renewed once. It is due to expire on June 24.
Iran has so far said an agreement is in place with the United States to lift sanctions on its industries, including the energy sector, but Washington has continued to be more cautious, warning that ‘there was still a lot to be resolved.
The oil markets are closely monitoring the negotiations to determine when U.S. sanctions are likely to be lifted and how quickly OPEC member Iran will increase oil production and increase crude exports.
Earlier Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets said the nuclear deal could be reinstated by August, before Rouhani stepped down. They said the market could expect to see an additional 1 million barrels per day of Iranian oil by the end of this year.
Iran could strike nuclear deal by August and boost oil exports, RBC says
Talking officials said the Iranian election could complicate negotiations, with Ebrahim Raisi, a cleric deeply hostile to the West, who is generally expected to be elected.
On Tuesday Grossi told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that “everyone knows that at this point we will have to wait for the new Iranian government”, when asked what stage the negotiators had reached in their talks.
Although he is opposed to engagement with the United States, Raisi is committed to preserving the deal if elected and implementing it with a “strong government.”
While the president can set the tone and position of the country’s attitude towards the outside world, the main foreign policy decisions ultimately rest with Khamenei, who has so far supported the nuclear talks. provided that the restored agreement ensures the effectiveness of the lifting of US sanctions and prevents a future US administration from abandoning it again.
(Add a comment from the French and German foreign ministries in the sixth paragraph.)
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