World Nuclear: Iran gives positive signals for informal exchanges

02:05  05 march  2021
02:05  05 march  2021 Source:   bfmtv.com

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IRAN-NUCLEAR-IAEA: Nuclear: Iran gives positive signals for informal exchanges


by John Irish

PARIS (Reuters) - Iran has given encouraging signs in recent days about a possible opening of informal talks with world powers and the United States on its nuclear, two European sources said Thursday after European powers backed down from a resolution criticizing Tehran.

So far, Tehran has refused to participate in a meeting with the stakeholders still involved in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and the United States, which former US President Donald Trump has withdrawn of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program signed in 2015.

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"Things are moving in the right direction and we have had more encouraging signals this week and in particular the last days", said a French diplomatic source.

The goal, she added, is to "get everyone around the table before the start of Nowruz", the Persian New Year, on March 20.

This source also stressed that the window would start to close from mid-April, when the campaign for the presidential election in Iran begins.

"We are doing everything so that (this meeting) can take place in the next few days or weeks," she said.

A second European source said there had been positive signals from Tehran.

To return to the negotiating table, Iran has set preconditions intended to guarantee that the American sanctions targeting it will be lightened at the end of a potential meeting, a hypothesis that the United States has refused.

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"It is not a question of giving assurances of something that we will do," a senior US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "It's about sitting down and making sure that both sides - whether it's a first, a second, whatever - take positive steps," he said. for follow-up.

"We can't tell them in advance what we're going to do, if we don't know what they're going to do," he said.

An Iranian representative declined a request for comment.

Germany, France and the United Kingdom have given up filing with the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meeting this week in Vienna, a resolution criticizing Iran's decision to reduce its cooperation with the UN agency, we learned Thursday from diplomatic sources, in order to give diplomacy a new chance.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi also announced that he would start a "technical" dialogue with Iran at the beginning of April aimed at obtaining further explanations concerning uranium particles discovered at former sites not declared. He said he hoped to make a point again before the Board of Governors by June.

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A French source warned, however, that the Europeans could propose the organization of an extraordinary meeting and plead in favor of a resolution before the next IAEA council, scheduled for June, if the UN agency encountered difficulties with the Iranian regime.

Iran, which announced last month that it would cease applying the voluntary transparency measures provided for in the 2015 agreement on its nuclear program, has warned against any move against it on the occasion of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting this week in Vienna.

Tehran has gradually freed itself from the Vienna agreement since 2019, following the withdrawal of the United States from the agreement decided a year earlier by Donald Trump, who reinstated significant economic sanctions against Iran.

(John Irish, with Francois Murphy in Vienna and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse, Nicolas Delame and Jean Terzian)

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