Araqchi: Tehran and the major countries are close to resolving the outstanding issues between them


The Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and head of the Iranian delegation to the Vienna negotiations on reviving the nuclear agreement, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, said that Tehran and the major countries are close to resolving the outstanding issues between them, according to the Iranian news agency (IRNA). Araqchi added, “We are closer to reaching an agreement than ever before, but bridging the gap between us and the agreement requires taking decisions, most of which fall on the shoulders of the other parties.”

Araqchi continued, in statements prior to the meeting of the Joint Committee of the Nuclear Agreement, that “the last stage of the sixth round of negotiations will take place today, after we have passed intense days and very difficult work, to reach the stage in which we believe that all the documents are almost ready.” Araqchi pointed out that some of the main contentious issues were settled without others, and that “the time has come for the opposite parties to take their decisions.” And the chief Iranian negotiator said: “We will stop the negotiations for a period, which I cannot specify at the moment; not only for the purpose of consultation, but with the aim of making decisions. We will return to our capitals,” pointing to his return to Tehran on Sunday evening.

Earlier Saturday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “We would like to build on the progress made during the latest round of talks in Vienna… and we will continue discussions with our allies and partners on a mutual return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement). Iranian). Price’s comments came in response to his comment on the victory of hard-line candidate Ebrahim Raisi in the Iranian presidential elections, which he said were “not free and fair.”


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