Iran nuclear talks update

02 July, 2022

European-brokered efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal are likely to resume following US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region this month, after an intense round of talks in Doha failed to overcome differences, reported the Bloomberg.

According to the report, two European diplomats with direct knowledge of this week’s negotiations said that, while talks didn’t progress, efforts to resurrect the accord were expected to continue beyond the July deadline suggested by the UN nuclear watchdog. A third person familiar with the talks said efforts could resume in the Qatari capital following Biden’s trip.

One source briefed on the negotiations said the Doha talks had focused on oil sanctions, adding that other areas actively under discussion are Iran’s access to funds blocked in South Korea, sanctions on airlines and the removal of penalties on the business operations of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The latter is very unlikely to be agreed but the others were achievable, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, the report added.

In related News reported by IRNA, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian wrote on Friday night that Iran's top negotiator seriously and in full coordination with him, pursues the negotiations logically and dynamically with the goal to remove all sanctions. "Dr. Ali Bagheri pursues the negotiations in full coordination with me, logically, relying on strong reasons, and dynamically, aimed at removal of sanctions".

He added: "We continue our efforts mightily and logically. America’s rationalism and offering a sustainable guarantee to ensure Iran’s full economic benefit from the agreement can lead to being fruitful of the negotiations." 

IRNA also reported that the Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Stéphane Dujarric has underlined that the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal needs abundant courage, concession, and effort. 

Pointing to UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary Anne DiCarlo’s comment on the implementation of Resolution 2231, Dujarric said after the UN Security Council meeting on Thursday, "As she said, it was a difficult diplomatic agreement to reach."

Emphasizing the need for returning the JPCOA, he mentioned that reviving the deal needs abundant courage, concession, and effort, so “We continue to think that, in its original form, it was a very positive step forward.”

Rosemary DiCarlo, head of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, briefed the Security Council this morning on diplomatic engagement with Iran and on the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

She noted that achieving the landmark JCPOA took determined diplomacy and that restoring it will take additional effort and patience.
She said that she and the Secretary-General urge Iran and the United States to quickly mobilize in this same spirit and commitment to resume cooperation under the JCPOA. 

The UN official also expressed the hope that Iran and the United States will continue to build on the momentum of the last few days of talks, facilitated by the European Union in Doha, to resolve outstanding issues.

The UN urges the US to lift or reduce all anti-Iran sanctions and resume exemptions on Iranian oil and gas trade, she said, adding that Tehran is also expected to take steps to reverse attempts, which are not in line with its commitments under the JCPOA.

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