Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif sees “good possibility” of a Biden-Tehran nuclear deal before August.
President Joe Biden’s administration is pressing ahead to restore the Iran nuclear deal a day after regime-favored candidate Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner of the Friday’s sham presidential election.
As Biden White House negotiators on Sunday resumed the European Union-sponsored talks in Austria’s capital Vienna, the top Iranian negotiator, country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, is confident that a deal can be inked soon.
Zarif “says there is a ‘good possibility’ for an agreement in Vienna talks before end of current administration’s tenure” before August, the Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.
Earlier this month, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman disclosed that a “broad agreement” had been reached with the Biden administration on lifting of sanctions on Tehran, a pre-condition set by the Mullahs for reentering the 2015 nuclear deal.
The Reuters news agency reported the resumption of Biden-Iran talks following Saturday’s election result:
Parties negotiating a revival of the Iran nuclear deal will hold a formal meeting in Vienna on Sunday, the European Union said on Saturday.
Iran and six world powers have been negotiating in Vienna since April to work out steps for Washington and Tehran to take. The United States withdrew in 2018 from the pact, under which Iran accepted curbs on its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of many foreign sanctions against it.
Sunday’s formal meeting comes more than a week after this round of talks resumed and is an indication that the talks are likely to be adjourned.
Officials over the week have indicated that differences remain on key issues.
“The Joint Commission of #JCPOA will meet on Sunday, June 20,” Mikhail Ulyanov Russia’s envoy to the talks said on Twitter.
“It will decide on the way ahead at the #ViennaTalks. An agreement on restoration of the nuclear deal is within reach but is not finalised yet.”
Even before a deal can be reached, the Biden White House has begun lifting Trump-era economic sanctions on the Shia-Islamist regime. “U.S. Lifts Some Iran Sanctions Amid Stalled Nuclear Talks,” The Wall Street Journal reported on June 10. This is the latest rollback in a series of concessions made by President Biden to cajole the Iranians into reentering the deal. He has already rescinded, much to the delight of the Russian and Chinese, former President Donald Trump’s imposition of U.N. sanctions and a weapons embargo on the regime.
The mainstream media cheered the prospect of a nuclear deal after Tehran declared its preferred candidate the winner in the presidential election. “Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal,” The New York Times declared. Raisi’s coming to power is “likely to unlock talks in Vienna on the terms for Washington’s return to the nuclear deal,” the leftwing UK daily Guardian agreed on Saturday.
The mainstream media outlets were not alone in welcoming Raisi’s presidency. Iran-sponsored Palestinian terrorist groups were among the first to congratulate their new paymaster. “We ask God [Allah] to grant him success,” a spokesman for the Gaza-based Islamic terrorist group Hamas said. “Once again the people of Iran have reiterated their commitment to the path of revolution and its regime,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad declared.
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