US Comments on JCPOA Revival Under Review Until At Least Friday   

US Comments on JCPOA Revival Under Review Until At Least Friday   
US Comments on JCPOA Revival Under Review Until At Least Friday   

Iran’s review of the US response to the European Union’s proposed text on the revival the 2015 nuclear deal and Tehran’s additional adjustments will continue until no sooner than Friday, according to Nour News. 
“Scrutiny of the US response to Iran’s amendments to EU coordinator’s ideas are underway at expert levels and this process will last until at least the coming weekend,” the news agency said on its Twitter account. 
The EU coordinator of the nuclear deal, Josep Borrell, put forward an initiative early this month to break the months-long stalemate in negotiations on restoring the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Iran responded to the proposal last week with additional views and considerations and received the US response through the coordinator on Wednesday. 
Speaking to an Austrian journal, Borrell said the talks have arrived at a “crucial moment”. 
“I’m optimistic, it’s the last millimeters. This [reviving the JCPOA] makes the world a little safer,” he said.  
He said he got the reply from the US and it is now up to Iran to respond to them.
A member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission had said earlier that the European draft contained ambiguities which needed to be resolved.
“Suggestions presented by Iran were aimed at removing those ambiguities and vague spots,” Fada Hossein Maleki had said in an interview with Hamshahri daily paper. 
He also said the US response will likely require a new round of talks.
“My analysis is that the Americans have given an answer that would make a new round of JCPOA talks inevitable,” Fada Hossein Maleki said, noting that the US must show more seriousness than before. 
He added that the US is seeking excuses in order not to fulfill its commitments. 
Although no time frame could be given for the conclusion of negotiations, the current circumstances signal that “we are very close to a deal,” according to Maleki. 



Bones of Contention 

The JCPOA promised sanctions relief to Tehran in return for restrictions to its nuclear activity, but the US pulled out four years ago and reimposed tough sanctions, to which Tehran responded by rowing back on its commitments. 
Talks began in the Austrian capital Vienna in April 2021 to work out how both sides can resume compliance, but a few bones of contention are still impeding the process. 
Iran demands a complete and verifiable removal of sanctions, plus guarantees that no future government would violate the deal again. 
It also wants the conclusion of investigations into nuclear material that the International Atomic Energy Agency claims it has found on old undeclared sites in Iran. 
Tehran argues that the data provided to the agency are fabricated and the political case needs to be closed before the JCPOA comes back to life. 
The EU draft suggests that Iran address the IAEA’s concerns before the pact takes effect on the “Reimplementation Day”, which would be around one to three months after a basic agreement is reached in Vienna. 
The US and the other parties in the talks would, in return, urge the IAEA Board of Governors to close the investigation and nullify an anti-Iran resolution passed in June by the IAEA Board of governors. 

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