Iran Says Talks on Restoring Nuclear Deal Soon to Be Completed

Most issues already resolved, Foreign Ministry confirms

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has submitted a 264-page report to parliament on the ongoing JCPOA negotiations, intended to restore the nuclear deal after ongoing Vienna talks.

Elaborating in comments today, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the talks are near completion, and that the number of resolved issues is much greater than the unresolved ones.

While conceding that the rest of the deal may not be easy, officials expressed hope that Iran would be able to come to an agreement “that will suit everyone.”

The JCPOA has been in a difficult position since the US withdrew in 2018. The Biden Administration has expressed openness to returning the US to the deal, though even in the 2015-2018 period the US was in the deal but not complying with promises of sanctions relief to Iran. The talks then intend to not just get the US back into the deal, but actively complying this time. Since the US had previously seen being in the deal and non-compliant as an option, this may be a tall order.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.