Negotiations on Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Obtained "New Understanding"
[Global Times reporter Huang Peizhao] A new round of Vienna negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue ended on 17th.
According to a report by Qatar’s Al Jazeera, through European mediation between Iran and the United States, the parties have reached consensus on some issues, but there are still some key differences that need to be negotiated in the next talks.
In addition, on the 18th is Iran’s Army Building Day. On the same day, a military parade was held in the capital Tehran. Iran’s domestically developed air defense systems, various types of drones, tanks, air defense guns, advanced missile systems and various electronic warfare systems were unveiled.
The parties to the Vienna negotiations "are forming a new understanding."
According to Iran’s Tehran Times on the 18th, Iran’s negotiator and deputy foreign minister Araghi said after the meeting that although there are still serious differences between Iran and the United States, Iran is drafting a draft text for the restoration agreement, which can be used as The basic framework for subsequent discussions.
"The Vienna negotiations have reached a point where work can be done on a common text," Araghi told Iranian TV: "The Iranian delegation has prepared a text on the nuclear field and lifting (US against Iran) sanctions." Earlier, Araghi said that Washington and Tehran "must clearly state the steps needed to restore the nuclear agreement, including the lifting of all sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran."
The Tehran Times reported that Enrique Mora, deputy secretary-general of the European Union’s External Action Agency, who led the Vienna talks on behalf of the European Union, said on Twitter that the talks were “very intensive” and “achieved in a far from easy task. Progress".
Mora added that the team now needs to focus on more detailed work. The key is that all parties are currently determined to see the United States rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement and Washington and Tehran's full implementation of the agreement.
Iranian media commented that in 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from this landmark agreement, and then U.S. President Trump re-imposed sanctions on Iran, pushing U.S.-Iranian relations to a "breaking point."
In 2019, Iran responded to Trump's so-called "extreme pressure" strategy and gradually increased its nuclear activities beyond the limits of the Iran nuclear agreement.
After the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility on April 11 this year, Iran began production of enriched uranium with an abundance of 60% for the first time last Friday.
In addition, the new progress made in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear agreement has also aroused concerns among countries in the region such as Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Israel emphasizes resolutely defending its interests and will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
Before this meeting, Saudi officials stated that it was concerned about Iran’s plan to increase enriched uranium abundance to 60%, and stated that this move “cannot be regarded as part of a peaceful nuclear program”.
At the same time, the "Arabiya" TV station, which represents Saudi Arabia's position, released pictures of Iran's Palchin nuclear facility near Tehran on the 18th. Four new buildings were built, surrounded by explosion-proof mounds.
Saudi Arabia expressed concern about new developments in Iran's Palchin nuclear facility.
According to a report from the British Financial Times on the 18th, senior Saudi and Iranian officials held a direct dialogue in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, on the 9th. This was the first direct dialogue between the two countries after they broke off diplomatic relations in January 2016.
However, officials from the Saudi Foreign Ministry revealed that there has not been any meeting between Saudi Arabia and Iran.