Iran returns draft Vienna Agreement to EU

Iran returns draft Vienna Agreement to EU

IRNA reported that Iran returned the draft Vienna Agreement to the EU Tuesday, but the agency didn't publish Iran's response.

On Twitter, Iran's negotiating team adviser Mohammad Marandi said Iran had expressed its concerns about the draft, but the remaining issues are not very difficult to resolve. The concerns are based on past US EU violations. I can't say whether there will be a deal, but we're closer than we've been before, Marandi wrote.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States withdrew from the deal in 2018. After the US withdrawal, Iran has increasingly violated the agreements it made under the deal and expanded its nuclear program.

Iran said any final deal should protect the rights of the country and allow the lifting of sanctions, which could help boost Iran's struggling economy and free up tens of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue. Final text' to revive Iran's nuclear deal is ready, EU's Josep Borrell said Tuesday that differences remain on three issues, despite the position of the Iranian negotiating team. The US had expressed its verbal flexibility in two of those issues, according to IRNA. According to IRNA, the third issue relates to the parties guaranteeing the continuation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPA. It depends on the negotiating team, and the realism of the United States to secure Iran's opinion, according to IRNA. IRNA reported on Monday that the issues were discussed in detail during a special meeting of the National Security Council. The European Union has not officially acknowledged that it received Iran's response. On Monday, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that if the US showed a realistic and flexible response to Iran's offer, they would be at the point of agreement. Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran was ready to reach a conclusion through a foreign ministerial meeting and that it would announce the final agreement if its views were accepted. He said that the upcoming days are important. A State Department spokeswoman told CNN last week that the US was ready to conclude a deal on the basis of the EU's proposals.