Annexes to Nuclear Accord Explained

Annexes to Nuclear Accord ExplainedAnnexes to Nuclear Accord Explained

A senior nuclear negotiator explained annexes to the text of a possible nuclear deal which Iran and the major powers are in talks to conclude by a self-imposed June 30 deadline.


The final text would be a "highly detailed document containing extensive annexes," Abbas Araqchi was quoted by IRNA as saying on Saturday.

"Various sections of the text and its annexes are still in brackets. Differences do exist. The work is proceeding, although very slowly," he told reporters before leaving Vienna at the end of another round of nuclear talks with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany).

The text would include "five" annexes, Araqchi said, explaining, "One annex is related to sanctions, their whole details and the relevant laws that will be rescinded."

The final accord would end sanctions in exchange for Tehran accepting some temporary restrictions on its nuclear program.

"Another annex will cover technical and other various nuclear aspects and specifies how the decisions and solutions reached in the Lausanne talks are to be implemented," he said.

The sides to the nuclear negotiations reached an agreement on the framework of the deal, which was announced in a statement released on April 2 in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

"The next one concerns Iran's peaceful nuclear cooperation with other countries," Araqchi said, adding, "It explains in which nuclear-related areas such as research reactors, power plants, research and development… this cooperation is allowed."

"The (forth) annex explicates the mechanism and rules governing the work of a dispute-resolution panel and what issues it will deal with."

Under the prospective deal, a dispute-resolution panel, likely including the six powers and Iran, would be established to assess the allegations of any violation of the terms of the deal by either side and come up with a non-binding opinion.

"The last annex is about a practical plan detailing what measures the two sides should take (under the deal) and the timetable for their implementation," Araqchi said.

***Elaborate Document

"What constitutes the final product will be a highly elaborate document made up of over 20 pages of the main text and 40 to 50 pages of annexes," he said, noting, "(In the negotiations) every single word of the document is open to debate and some are subject to dispute."

On the issue of the reversibility of sanctions and the timing of sanctions relief, Araqchi said, "Reversibility is an important principle" which is being considered by both sides.

"We do not trust the other side at all. They do not trust us either, so the regulations will be made in a way that in the event of any breach of the terms of the deal by either side, the other will have the right to resume its pre-deal activities," he added.