On Monday, as months of nuclear talks enter what one Iranian diplomat called a “now or never” stage, Iran stated that work to revive a 2015 nuclear deal could succeed if the US decided to meet Tehran’s remaining demands.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed that the stakes are high, as the failure of 10 months of talks would carry the risk of a regional war and the imposition of more harsh sanctions against Iran by the West.
Khatibzadeh said the remaining issues were the extent to which sanctions would be withdrawn, guarantees that the US would not leave the pact again, and questions over uranium traces found at old and undeclared sites in Iran.
Progress has been made towards restoring the pact to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, according to all parties in the talks.
However, there are still significant differences to overcome based on statements by Tehran and Washington.
Khatibzadeh further said, “Reaching a good deal is possible… three key issues still remain to be resolved… The US and European powers have not taken political decisions on these major issues.”