WASHINGTON, Aug 16 – The United States has received Iran’s response to proposals to return to the nuclear deal through the European Union and is currently studying it, a State Department official said Tuesday.
“We received Iran’s comments through the EU and are now studying them. We are sharing our thoughts on this matter with the European Union,” a representative of the US diplomatic agency told reporters.
In turn, the EU called Iran’s response to the proposal for a nuclear deal constructive and said that they are consulting with the United States on further steps, Bloomberg reports, citing an informed source.
As ISNA reported, citing informed sources, Iran sent the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, its response to the proposed text of the draft agreement on the restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal, and also expressed its opinion on “remaining issues” in the negotiations.
Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, head of the delegation at the JCPOA talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, said on Tuesday that Iran, in amendments to the project to restore the nuclear deal, proposed to secure guarantees for its preservation.
In 2015, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France, and Iran signed a nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, which involved the lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program.
In May 2018, the United States under Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA and reinstated sanctions against Tehran. In response, Iran announced a phased reduction in its obligations under the agreement, waiving restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges, and the level of uranium enrichment.
Negotiations were held in Vienna to renew the JCPOA and lift Washington’s sanctions against Tehran. In December 2021, the parties reached an agreement on two draft agreements, in which the European side included the positions of Iran. Iranian spokesman Bagheri Kyani said the talks were going well, but US State Department spokesman Ned Price assessed the progress in Vienna as modest, urging Tehran to take the issue seriously.
With the return of the parties to their capitals at the end of March, the negotiations were suspended. The Iranian Foreign Ministry blamed the US administration for this. The next round of negotiations on the JCPOA took place in Doha on June 29-30.