Tehran says nuclear talks must wait for new Iranian administration
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said the next round of talks in Vienna must wait until Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes office in early August.
“We are in a period of transition because a democratic handover is underway in our capital. The talks in Vienna must therefore obviously await our new administration,” Abbas Araghchi said on Twitter on July 17.
Iran’s talks with world powers over reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, which former US President Donald Trump resigned in 2018, have stalled after six rounds.
In his tweet, Araghchi also said the United States and Britain should stop linking the prisoner swap to the nuclear deal.
“Ten prisoners of all stripes could be released tomorrow if [the] The United States and the United Kingdom are fulfilling their part of a deal, “he said.
Iran detains a number of people with dual citizenship, including several Iranian-Americans, amid accusations from rights activists and others that Tehran is using the detainees to gain concessions from other countries.
On July 13, Iran confirmed that it was holding talks on possible prisoner exchanges with the United States.
“These talks are ongoing and if an acceptable result is obtained, it will be announced,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
His comments came days after US envoy to Iran Robert Malley said Washington was working to free its detained citizens. Malley has said US President Joe Biden insists on the release of all Americans detained in Iran and will not agree to a “partial deal.”
Malley called the release of Americans detained in Iran a “priority” and said negotiations with Tehran had “made progress,” NBC News reported.
The 2015 nuclear deal placed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Biden has vowed to join the deal if Iran returns to full compliance.