Nuclear Deal with Iran ‘Almost Reached’

Washington said Wednesday it was “close to reaching” a deal with Iran to revive a 2015 agreement that allowed Western powers to relax sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program. This is the latest sign of progress following a prolonged stalemate that has been going on for a long time.

Days after Russia made demands that looked set to jeopardize talks in Vienna on restoring the agreement, positive signs have been seen this week signaling that a deal could finally be reached.

The deal includes the release of two British citizens of Iranian descent on Wednesday (16/3) after previously being held for years in Iran. In addition, several issues still to be resolved as part of reviving the 2015 agreement have now narrowed to just two.

Negotiations began in April between Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran and Russia, with the United States being an indirect party to the negotiations.

“We’re close to a deal, but we’re not there yet,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price. “We think the remaining problems can be bridged,” he added.

Speaking to reporters, Price declined to confirm Tehran’s claim that there are only two final issues to be resolved, down from four previously, before the country agrees to restore the six-party Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. . [lt/em]