The Russian representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said that the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital on reviving the nuclear deal are making progress, expressing his surprise at the comments that talk about its collapse.
Ulyanov said in a tweet on Twitter that what is circulating about the collapse of the talks is just “wishes for those who return to efforts made to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.”
Meanwhile, technical consultations continue between the concerned parties in Vienna, after the conclusion of the third round of negotiations on Saturday, and an agreement to resume them next Friday.
Yesterday, Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the negotiations have so far reached the drafting of two drafts, and that the matter at this stage requires high accuracy, as he put it.
Zadeh added that an understanding could have been reached a month ago if Washington were ready to lift all the sanctions in a practical way, explaining that the Vienna understandings were based on the acceptance of lifting sanctions, and that the dispute is currently focused on some figures and entities on the US sanctions list.
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his expectation of an important breakthrough in the coming weeks regarding sanctions on his country.
On the other hand, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that Washington has not reached an agreement in Vienna yet, and that there is a distance that must be traveled to overcome obstacles.
He added that diplomats will continue to work in the coming weeks for the mutual return of the agreement and progress.
On the other hand, Politico magazine said, on Monday, that US President Joe Biden’s effort to revive the nuclear deal with Iran raises deep doubts in Congress, including among some members of the Democratic Party.
The magazine reported that Republicans are discussing strategies that make it difficult for Biden to return to the nuclear deal, through the use of legislative articles related to the sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump when he withdrew from the agreement in 2018.