Iran says ‘verification’ needed for good nuclear deal
Iran’s top security official said on Tuesday that “guarantee” and “verification” would be needed for talks in Vienna to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, in apparent reference to any US commitments.
“Verification and providing a guarantee is an integral part of a good deal,” Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani wrote in a post on Twitter.
“Proven US malpractice is the most significant threat to any deal,” he said, adding that “true lifting of sanctions means #Iran will see credible and lasting economic benefits.”
The deal offered sanctions relief to Tehran in return for curbs on its nuclear program, but the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reimposed heavy economic sanctions, prompting Iran to start backtracking on its commitments.
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The Vienna talks, which involve Iran as well as Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia directly and the United States indirectly, resumed in late November after a hiatus following the election of the president. ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi in June.
Irish Foreign and Defense Minister Simon Coveney, whose country is acting as a facilitator for UN Resolution 2231 endorsing the 2015 deal, visited Tehran on Monday.
Coveney said he believed the Western parties to the deal were “deeply committed to making this work”, while speaking to reporters alongside Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollhain.
Iran’s top diplomat said he believed a deal was “within reach”, provided the US and European sides “are serious” about returning to full compliance with the accord.
The talks in Vienna aim to bring the United States back to the nuclear deal, including lifting sanctions against Iran, and to ensure Tehran’s full compliance with its commitments.
Raisi, who also discussed the progress of talks with Coveney, said “sanctions must be genuinely lifted” and “the rights of the Iranian people must be respected” in any deal.
Also on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted: “I strongly believe a deal is in sight,” following a call with Iran’s foreign minister.
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