Iranian FM on Vienna talks: We’ve never been so close to such a deal
Iran's foreign minister says a nuclear deal can be finalized in less than a few hours, and points out that any exact timing for the deal "is in the hands of the western side."
Amir-Abdollahian: "We’re approaching an agreement"
In the same context, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stressed that Tehran "didn’t come to Vienna to have negotiations for negotiation's sake, but to have negotiations that result in a good agreement."
"I believe, we’ve never been so close to such a deal," he revealed.
In an interview for Euronews, Amir-Abdollahian highlighted that "we’re approaching an agreement; there are some remaining issues which are our red lines."
"So far, we’ve taken lots of initiatives and shown the required flexibility at the Vienna negotiating table," he added.
In less than a few hours
Asked about the outcomes of the nuclear deal, the Iranian minister indicated that "if the western side looks at what is going on in Vienna more realistically, in less than a few hours, we can finalize the deal."
He pointed out that "any exact timing for a deal is in the hands of the western side. It depends on their realism and their initiatives."
However, Amir-Abdollahian also revealed that "on several occasions when there were difficult phases of the negotiations, the western side raised the possibility of leaving the table."
Similarly, the Head of Russia's delegation to the Vienna talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, confirmed earlier on Twitter that "the negotiations on restoration of JCPOA are about to cross the finish line."
Met with the #EU Coordinator at the #ViennaTalks Mr. Enrique Mora. Exchanged views on the current state of affairs. Apparently the negotiations on restoration of #JCPOA are about to cross the finish line. pic.twitter.com/IhoI5o4Wlw— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) February 22, 2022
A crucial moment
In addition, EU Coordinator Enrique Mora also said the Vienna talks "are at a crucial moment."
"We are nearing the end after ten months of negotiations. The result is still uncertain. Key issues need to be fixed. But all delegations are fully engaged," he expressed.
#JCPOA #ViennaTalks are at a crucial moment. We are nearing the end after ten months of negotiations. The result is still uncertain. Key issues need to be fixed. But all delegations are fully engaged. Intense work in Coburg.— Enrique Mora (@enriquemora_) February 22, 2022
Vienna witnessed several rounds of negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, which collapsed after the United States unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018.