0759 GMT September 26, 2022
As the latest round of the talks on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal came to an end on Monday, Western media claimed that the final draft of a potential agreement has been prepared and handed over to the sides.
This comes as, in a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday night, the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he maintained that relative progress had been made in the recent round of the talks, giving the assurance that as the coordinator of the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal, he would continue his efforts to bring the sides' views closer to each other and achieve a result that would satisfy all parties.
Borrell also tweeted on Monday if the sides' answers to the “final text are positive, then we can sign this deal”.
Speaking to Borrell, Amir-Abdollahian stressed that “the final agreement must safeguard the Iranian nation’s rights and interests and guarantee the effective removal of the sanctions”.
On the other hand, Mohammad Marandi, an adviser to the Iranian negotiating team in Vienna, has said, “By the time the proposed text has not been studied precisely in Tehran, the country’s negotiating team cannot pass any comment on what has been achieved so far.”
Reacting to the Western media’s claim, Iran's Nour News, affiliated with the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), wrote on Monday, “Despite the relative progress made in terms of resolving the remaining issues, the extent of progress fails to be equal with regard to all issues.”
It appears that bids by certain Western media and officials to highlight that the Vienna text is the final draft of the agreement are aimed at implying that the nuclear talks have ended and the sides are required to sign the text. This is while, although Iranian officials have stressed that partial progress was made in Vienna with regard to some issues, they, in no way, have stated that the draft of the agreement has been finalized.
The details of the Vienna talks are required to be discussed and analyzed in Tehran to see if they safeguard Iran’s interests. The text prepared in Vienna may not be the final draft although negotiations have witnessed good progress.