Iran nuclear talks enter a critical phase in Vienna

As the eighth round of talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deals continues in Vienna, negotiators are struggling to deal with one of Iran’s most difficult demands: a guarantee from Washington that the United States (U.S.) will not go back from its word and reimpose sanctions as it did in 2018 under Donald Trump’s rule.

According to the reports, delegations from Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom have also arrived in Vienna for the eighth of talks since April 2021, under the Chairmanship of European Union (EU).

According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. and European negotiating teams are exploring options to demonstrate to Iran their commitment and devotion to the deal, including possible letters of assurance from the U.S. Treasury Department endorsing sanctions removal or offering protection against the country’s economic fallout of future sanctions and re-imposition.

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The most fresh sign of progress came on Friday when the U.S. restored sanctions waivers. The waivers rescinded under former president Donald Trump, had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out non-proliferation work to serve as an obstacle for Iranian nuclear sites used for weapon development.

EU Foreign Policy chief, Josep Borrell expressed optimism that a deal could be struck “within next few weeks”. U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Ned Price, also forecasted a positive result of the negotiations as did Russia’s envoy to the talks, ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov.

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However, Iran has so far neglected to meet with the United States directly in Vienna, and time left to sort out the negotiating parties’ differences appear limited.

For now, the United States remains hopeful that there is plenty of room for diplomacy. When asked about the talks in Vienna, Joe Biden told the media that “there is progress being made” and “it’s not the time to give up” on negotiations.

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