A European Union proposal to resurrect the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement “may be acceptable if assurances are provided.” “according to a senior Iranian official, according to the state news agency IRNA on Friday.

Following four days of indirect talks between US and Iranian officials in Vienna, the EU said on Monday that it had submitted a “final” draft. 

A senior EU official stated that no further changes to the text, which has been negotiated for 15 months, could be made. He stated that he expected the parties to reach a final conclusion within a week “only a few weeks.”

According to IRNA, an unidentified Iranian official said Tehran was examining the idea. “EU proposals may be acceptable if they provide Iran with assurances on safeguards, sanctions, and guarantees,” the diplomat said.

The Islamic Republic has sought assurances that no future US president would breach the agreement if it were resurrected, as then-President Donald Trump did in 2018 when he reinstated punishing US sanctions on Iran.

However, because the agreement is a political understanding rather than a legally binding treaty, President Joe Biden cannot give such unequivocal commitments.

According to Iranian state TV, a Shi’ite Muslim imam stated in a sermon at Friday prayers that Tehran insisted on securing verifiable guarantees that US sanctions will be withdrawn under a resurrected deal.

“We insist on getting the necessary guarantees, the lifting of sanctions and verification, and if this is achieved, then our negotiating team will tell the people that sanctions have been lifted thanks to your resistance and power,” Kazem Seddiqi said at Friday prayers in Tehran, according to state TV.

Washington has stated that it is ready to negotiate an agreement fast to restore the pact based on the EU suggestions.

Following deliberations in Tehran, Iranian officials said they will send “additional views and considerations” to the EU, which coordinates the talks.

In March, the 2015 agreement appeared to be on the verge of being resurrected. However, 11 months of indirect talks in Vienna between Tehran and the Biden administration were thrown into chaos, mostly due to Iran’s insistence on Washington removing its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps from the US list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

The US charged a Revolutionary Guards member on Wednesday with conspiring to assassinate John Bolton, Trump’s national security advisor, while Washington maintained the allegations would not disrupt the nuclear talks with Iran. 

In exchange for relief from US, EU, and UN sanctions, Iran agreed to curtail its controversial uranium enrichment program, which could lead to nuclear weapons. Tehran claims it only wants nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

Source: Reuters

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