A senior Iranian negotiator says an understanding has been reached on the removal of financial and economic sanctions, noting that the P5+1 should make a “political decision” to settle the remaining issues blocking a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
“There are several kinds of sanctions, most important of which are economic and financial sanctions, on which we have an agreement, on which we have already decided how to deal with economic and financial sanctions, they would all be lifted on the implementation day,” Abbas Araqchi told Press TV correspondent in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Tuesday.
“On other sanctions we are still discussing, the question of simultaneity is very important for us, measures by both sides should happen at same time an in the same manner,” he said, adding that “so to find a formulation to find simultaneity on this case is rather difficult… we think that some ideas and formulations that we have been able to innovate may work but we are still working on that.”
He underlined that “the contentious issues need the opposite side’s political decision,” adding, “On the question of sanctions we are working very hard to come to the point where no sanctions remain in place because this is an obvious principle that we cannot have both a deal and sanctions together, and the P5+1 should choose one of them.”
“No deadline is sacred to us. We are ready to stay in Vienna as long as needed to continue the negotiations even if the talks have to be extended day by day,” added Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs.
Iran and the P5+1 countries — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – have been engaged in crucial nuclear talks in the Austrian capital to nail down a landmark deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.
‘Clear will’ for nuclear deal: Hammond
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday that the negotiating parties have “a clear” will to reach a final nuclear agreement.
He told reporters that there are a range of issues that need “some trade-offs.”
“There will need to be some difficult decisions made on both sides if we’re going to get this done. But I think there is a clear will on both sides now to complete this agreement, to keep at it until we get there,” Hammond said.
He added that the sides would proceed with the discussions into Wednesday at level of political directors.
The British foreign secretary noted that he would take the opportunity of a short break to go back to London “because we have our budget tomorrow” but that he would return to the Vienna talks.
Foreign ministers of the P5+1 would “be back here [in Vienna] tomorrow night and we’re looking forward to making some solid progress then on Thursday when we reconvene.”
Iran and the six world powers missed an initial deadline of June 30 and all parties agreed a new one of July 7. However, the negotiators agreed to extend the deadline until Friday, July 10, after they failed to reach consensus.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday that the talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries would continue “for the next couple of days.”
A senior US official also said on Tuesday that the Iranian and P5+1 negotiators are close to a final nuclear agreement but they have still some differences.
“We have never been closer… and we are still not where we need to be,” the US administration official said.
More work needed in Iran-IAEA cooperation
Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Tuesday that its five-member delegation held “constructive” talks in Tehran on ways forward to resolve all outstanding issues.
“Further progress was achieved in Monday’s discussions with senior Iranian officials, but more work is still needed,” the statement added.
It noted that the team’s trip to Tehran on Monday was a follow-up meeting to a visit by the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to Iran on July 2.
The UN nuclear agency and Iran will continue their dialog, the statement added.
Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday that Iran and the IAEA took a “major step” toward resolving remaining issues pertaining to Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Iran and the IAEA took a major step in resolving the outstanding issues to reaching a fundamental understanding on the topics and the timing of cooperation,” he said.
The five-member IAEA delegation arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks with Iranian officials.