Washington talks about Tehran making concessions on key issues related to its nuclear program

Washington talks about Tehran making concessions on key issues related to its nuclear program

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Tehran has made concessions on key issues related to its nuclear program, a senior official in the US administration announced Tuesday. Among these issues is the abandonment of its attempts to obstruct some of the inspections carried out by the United Nations at its nuclear facilities. The official in the administration of President Joe Biden did not indicate what inspections the Islamic Republic had made concessions.

Washington said on Tuesday that the Iranians had made concessions on key issues related to with their nuclear programmethus raising hopes that it could soon return to the Vienna Agreement concluded in 2015, although it has not yet presented its official response to the Iranian proposals.

A senior official in the US administration, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Iran had agreed, in particular, to drop its demand to obstruct some inspections carried out by the United Nations at its nuclear facilities.

The official in the administration of President Joe Biden did not indicate what inspections the Islamic Republic had made concessions on, knowing that this issue is considered extremely sensitive for Tehran and Washington alike. He stressed that Iran “has made concessions on crucial issues,” while stressing that all that was said about Washington offering new American concessions is “absolutely a lie.”

inspection and control

“In addition to the nuclear restrictions that Iran will have to abide by, the IAEA will again be able to implement the most comprehensive inspection regime negotiated to date, allowing it to detect any Iranian effort to secretly acquire a nuclear weapon,” he said.

He added that “many international monitoring operations will remain in place for an unlimited period” if the agreement currently being negotiated is concluded.


Iran wants the International Atomic Energy Agency to stop all investigations it has launched regarding sites that were not declared by the “Islamic Republic”, where the agency’s inspectors found traces of enriched uranium.

Iran has previously abandoned another basic demand related to removing the name “Revolutionary Guard” from the US list of terrorist organizations.

Over the course of several months, Tehran conditioned reaching any agreement with Washington on the latter meeting its demand, but the Biden administration categorically rejected this condition.

“Hurdles”

The negotiations, which began 16 months ago and stopped for a few months and then resumed in early August, aim to revive the agreement concluded by the six major countries (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) with Iran in Vienna in 2015, then the United States withdrew unilaterally in 2018. Under former President Donald Trump.

For his part, the US official denied that Washington had made concessions to Tehran, saying that “Iran has made concessions on important issues.”

“There are still hurdles to overcome, but if we want to reach an agreement to return to the (2015) nuclear agreement, Iran must take several important steps aimed at dismantling its nuclear program,” he added.

He explained that among the steps that Iran must take is not to enrich uranium by more than 3.67% or store more than 300 kg of this substance, until 2031, in addition to stopping and dismantling thousands of centrifuges.

“some modifications”

For its part, Tehran asked for “some amendments” to the draft agreement proposed by the European Union to Iran, the United States and the other five parties to the nuclear agreement, according to what was announced by the main mediator in this file, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.

In an interview with Spanish national television on Tuesday, Borrell said that “the largest part” of the participants agreed to the Iranian demands, whose content was not disclosed, stressing that “what is missing is the response of the United States only.”

On Monday, Borrell suggested holding a meeting “this week” in Vienna, where the International Atomic Energy Agency is based.

On Monday, the United States denied Iran’s accusations of delaying negotiations to revive the nuclear deal, stressing that there are still “unresolved issues” that must be resolved in order to reach an agreement.

State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed to reporters that “the idea that we have delayed these negotiations in any way is simply incorrect.”

“Mutual flexibility”

He explained that after the European Union in late July sent to Tehran and Washington what was called the “final” text of the proposed agreement, Iran responded with “a number of comments”, without specifying what they were.

“This is why we took some extra time to review those comments and determine our response. We are seriously reviewing these comments.”

It is noteworthy that the agreement concluded in 2015 between Iran and the six major countries, whose official name is the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”, provides for the lifting of sanctions on the “Islamic Republic” in return for reducing its nuclear activities and ensuring the peace of its program.

Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions on Tehran. Biden pledged upon assuming office to revive the agreement, but he clashed with Iranian demands on the one hand, and the voices opposing the agreement within the United States, especially among the Republican opposition on the other.

FRANCE 24/AFP

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