Iran awaits Western decisions for agreement on nuclear program


The West must make decisions to cross the “finish line” in the negotiations taking place in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear program, the chief of Iranian negotiators, Ali Bagheri, who arrived in Tehran for consultations, said in a tweet on Thursday.

“It doesn’t matter if we are close to the finish line, that doesn’t guarantee it will be cleared,” said Ali Bagheri.

“In order to finish the job, the western parties must make certain decisions,” he added on his Twitter account.

On Wednesday, a source close to the negotiations said that Bagheri was briefly traveling to Tehran for consultations with the country’s leaders but “the dialogue continues in Vienna.”

The Iranian media reported on Thursday the arrival in Vienna of the deputy director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA), Behruz Kamalvandi, for technical consultations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Vienna negotiations aim to save the 2015 agreement that wanted to prevent Iran from acquiring the atomic weapon, intentions that the authorities of the Islamic Republic always denied.

The agreement signed between Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Russia) plus Germany allowed the end of international sanctions against Iran in exchange for strict limits on the nuclear program .

But the withdrawal of the United States from this pact, in 2018, implied the reinstatement of sanctions.

In response, Iran decided not to continue fulfilling part of the commitments expressed in the pact.

The United States participates indirectly in the Vienna negotiations. In recent days, participants had admitted that progress was being made.