VIENNA: A source close to the Iranian negotiating team has claimed that the finalization of the talks for lifting sanctions and reviving the 2015 nuclear deal is kept waiting for the United States’ decision and response.
The source told Iran state-run news agency in Vienna on condition of anonymity on Wednesday that the Vienna Talks experienced remarkable progress due to Iran’s initiatives and good faith shown in recent weeks.
According to the source, a consensus between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Tehran to outline a roadmap to resolve outstanding issues is one of the steps the Iranians have taken to move the negotiations forward.
On the opposite side, the American delegation dispatched to participate in the Vienna talks indirectly, dragged their feet to take a political decision, and delayed the process to achieve a good Vienna deal, the source added.
The American team stays in Vienna waiting for political orders from Washington regarding the outstanding issues, the source said, noting that a potential Vienna agreement is waiting for the US’s response to the suggested proposals during the negotiations.
The eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was initiated in Vienna on December 27, 2021. Representatives from Iran, the European Union, and the P4+1 group of countries, including Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany, made efforts to prepare a draft text and discuss issues of difference on the revival of the nuclear deal as well as the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.
Iranian top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, who left Vienna for Tehran on Tuesday for more consultations, is scheduled to return to Austria Wednesday morning.
It is worth mentioning that unofficial consultations and expertise sessions continued on Tuesday.
Despite the fact that the negotiating teams have been successful in moving the Vienna talks forward, there are still some important issues to be solved to pave the way for reaching a final agreement, so the exact time of finalization of the talks is not determined yet.
Reaching a final deal depends on the West’s, particularly Washington’s, political decision-making.
Iran has time and again underlined that it is ready to accept a good agreement, which guarantees its legitimate demands on nuclear energy and the economic benefits of the JCPOA.