(PresidentialHill.com)- According to Iran’s Foreign Minister, now that Iran has presented its final proposals, any potential breakthrough in the Vienna talks aimed at restarting the 2015 nuclear deal will depend on the political decisions made by Western nations.
During a joint news conference with the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Monday, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters it would be better for Iran if there is an agreement in Vienna “and sanctions are lifted today rather than tomorrow.”
Amirabdollahian said Iran is in a hurry to reach a good agreement. But any agreement has to be within the framework of “logical talks” that achieve the demands of Iran. He also called on the United States and European signatories of the deal to “stop playing” with the text and timing of the agreement.
Tehran’s urgency to reach an agreement quickly is based entirely on its need to secure the promised sanctions relief contained in the deal.
After speaking with Iran’s chief negotiator in Vienna on Sunday, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said the Iranian team is facing tough challenges in sticking to its agenda. Shamkhani accused Western officials of evading their commitments by continuing to make a show of political will.
The eighth, and likely final round of talks in Vienna is expected to yield results in the next few weeks as US officials warn that little time is left to save the 2015 deal.
On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed on the need to step up their joint efforts to reach a deal with Iran.
Earlier on Wednesday, however, Ali Shamkhani tweeted that the 2015 nuclear deal has become an “empty shell.”