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State media: Iran to accept nuclear deal compromise if it gets sanctions assurances

Report, citing unnamed diplomat, says proposals put forward by EU to end stalemate are ‘acceptable,’ but Tehran still wants guarantees and to solve issues with atomic watchdog

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani waves as he leaves after talks at the Coburg Palais, the venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on August 4, 2022. (Alex Halada/AFP)
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani waves as he leaves after talks at the Coburg Palais, the venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on August 4, 2022. (Alex Halada/AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran may accept the final compromise worked out in Vienna to save the 2015 nuclear agreement, its official news agency IRNA said on Friday.

The deal meant to curb Iran’s nuclear program has been moribund since the withdrawal of the United States under president Donald Trump in 2018.

The major powers are awaiting Tehran’s response to a proposal submitted on July 26 by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

“The European Union’s proposals are acceptable provided that they provide assurances to Iran on various points, related to sanctions and safeguards,” as well as pending issues with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), IRNA said, quoting an unidentified Iranian diplomat.

Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran and Russia, as well as the United States indirectly, resumed talks on the nuclear accord last week, after a months-long hiatus.

The EU-coordinated negotiations to revive the so-called JCPOA began in April 2021 before coming to a standstill in March.

The EU said on Tuesday it expected Tehran and Washington to “very quickly” respond to a “final” text aimed at salvaging the 2015 deal.

The 2015 accord gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its atomic program to guarantee Tehran could not develop a nuclear weapon.

The IAEA has found traces of enriched uranium at three undeclared Iranian sites. The agency’s board of governors in June censured Iran for inadequately explaining the discovery.

Iran wants the IAEA to move on from the question of the undeclared sites.

Iranian sources at the weekend insisted that the IAEA first “completely resolve” that “political” issue to clear the way for the nuclear deal to be restored.

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