Axios reported, according to an official in the Israeli Mossad, that US President Joe Biden assured him that Washington is not about to return to the Iran nuclear deal, while Tehran expressed its optimism with a breakthrough within weeks regarding the lifting of sanctions on it through the Vienna talks that were postponed for days.
The American website reported that the head of the Israeli foreign intelligence service (Mossad) Yossi Cohen said that Biden told him that the United States has a long way to go in talks with Iran, before it agreed to return to full compliance with the nuclear agreement, at a meeting held last Friday. Read also Tehran: We fully adhere to the terms of the nuclear agreement if all sanctions are lifted Rouhani: We will not accept changing the terms of the nuclear deal and it will not include other parties The most important articles of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 + 1
Axios reported that Cohen told Biden that it would be a mistake for Washington to return to the agreement without improving it first, while the US President affirmed that his country would continue to seek the Israeli view on Iran in the future.
The parties to the nuclear agreement concluded a meeting in the Austrian capital on Saturday at the level of assistant foreign ministers by agreeing to hold a new meeting on May 7, amid Russian and Iranian optimism that the talks would proceed in the right direction.
For his part, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that Washington has not reached an agreement in Vienna yet, and there is a distance that must be traveled to overcome obstacles.
Sullivan added that our diplomats will continue to work in the coming weeks for a mutual return to the agreement and progress.
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On the other hand, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that we may witness an important breakthrough in the coming weeks regarding sanctions on our country, indicating that internal and external parties are taking advantage of the continuation of sanctions and are seeking to block the Vienna path.
“We are close to lifting sanctions, and we are optimistic about the Vienna talks and the return of growth and economic development,” Rouhani added. Advertising
Abbas Araghchi, assistant to the Iranian foreign minister, the chief Iranian negotiator, said that the negotiations had reached a stage of maturity and had become more clear.
Araghchi explained – after the end of the negotiations – that the distances and differences are more specific and clear, indicating that the process is moving slowly but moving forward, and that the date for reaching an agreement cannot be fully expected.
The Iranian official added that it was agreed to delete a list of individuals and entities subject to US sanctions, and it was also agreed to lift sanctions on sectors, such as energy, finance and ports.
The Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov had said that the talks were moving in the right direction, but he ruled out a breakthrough for now.
Ulyanov added – as reported by Reuters – that all indications lead to the expectation of a final outcome of the Vienna negotiations within a few weeks, and that this result is expected to be successful.
Meanwhile, Iran and the United States denied the prisoner exchange deal that Iranian media reported between the two sides.
Reuters quoted Iran’s representative to the United Nations, Majid Takht Rawanchi, on Sunday as saying that the Iranian state television report could not confirm that an agreement had been reached between Tehran and Washington to release American prisoners, according to the Young Correspondents Club News Agency.
“The news of the agreement to release American prisoners (in Iran) is not confirmed,” Rawangi said, according to the official TV website.
State Department spokesman Ned Price also said that reports of a prisoner exchange deal with Iran are untrue.
Iranian media had said that Tehran would release 4 Americans accused of espionage in exchange for the release of 4 Iranians detained in the United States.
Iranian TV quoted an informed source as saying that there is an agreement on a prisoner exchange deal between Tehran and Washington, and the deal will include the release of $ 7 billion of frozen Iranian funds.
Reuters also quoted Iranian television that British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be released after paying a military debt.
Iranian media said London would pay 400 million pounds for the release of the British prisoner.