Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said reaching a good agreement to revive the 2015 nuclear deal is possible if the Western side demonstrates the required goodwill.
Talks in the Austrian capital Vienna are on the right track, Amir-Abdollahian told his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the phone on Saturday.
“Iran possesses the required will for reaching a good agreement,” he added.
“We can [therefore] reach a good agreement if the Western side is likewise in possession of such a good faith and will,” Amir-Abdollahian pointed out, according to Press TV.
Last week, Iran and the remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, known as the P4+1 – began an eighth round aimed at revitalizing the pact by bringing back the US to compliance.
On Saturday an expert-level working group on lifting sanctions discussed key issues of verification and assurances.
Iran wants the Joe Biden administration to give assurances that future governments will not violate the multilateral agreement again as former president Donald Trump did in 2018, when he unilaterally walked out of it and reimposed and reinforced sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Tehran also demands that all those sanctions be removed “effectively, practically and verifiably” after the JCPOA is restored.
On Sunday, a source close to the Iranian negotiating team denied a report that Iran and the P4+1 reached a two-year deal on the revival of the JCPOA.
Tasnim News Agency quoted the source as describing the report by the Arabic language newspaper Rai al-Youm as totally wrong and fabricated.
The newspaper claimed that under an interim deal Iran agreed to transfer its enriched uranium stockpile to Russia.
Iran has repeatedly said it will not accept a temporary deal.
Iranian chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani said on Saturday Iran and other JCPOA parties are resolving outstanding issues.
Speaking to reporters after meetings with representatives of the P4+1, Baqeri Kani added that the talks are advancing and moving forward.
Following talks with the Iranian lead negotiator, P4+1 diplomats held a meeting with the US representative and discussed the latest developments pertaining to the Vienna talks.
Russian negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov said they talked about “the difficult issue of guarantees of non-repetition”.
The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its withdrawal from the landmark deal.
Ulyanov said in a separate tweet that the Vienna talks were moving forward, not fast, but incrementally.
“The atmosphere at the Vienna talks is positive and businesslike,” he said. “Judging by my contacts with other counterparts, they share this assessment. We are moving forward. Not fast but incrementally.”