Vienna (IP) - Russia’s top negotiator says it’s clear that Iran will not accept loopholes and ambiguities in an agreement to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran PressEurope: "It’s clear that Iran will not accept loopholes and ambiguities," Mikhail Ulyanov wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, replying to a tweet by an advisor to the Iranian negotiating team in the Austrian capital, Vienna, Mohammad Marandi.

"I am not sure that the EU forgot who is responsible for the current situation. Despite the complicated character of int. relations, participants in the Vienna Talks demonstrated so far the ability to be pragmatic," Ulyanov added.

Marandi wrote hours earlier that "Borrell is a US ally & forgets that the reason for these negotiations are western violations of the JCPOA & maximum pressure sanctions targeting Iranian citizens even as Iran was in full compliance. Iran will not accept loopholes & ambiguities. The US is imposing costs on the EU."

On Monday, the European Union’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell played down the chances of a rapid revival of the Iranian nuclear deal, saying the chances of an agreement between Tehran and world powers had faded.

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“I am less confident today than 28 hours before on the convergence of the negotiation process,” Josep Borrell told reporters in Brussels on Monday. “If the process doesn’t converge, the whole process is in danger. If the purpose is to close the deal quickly, it’s not going to happen.”

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran has taken into account the acceleration and facilitation of finalizing the talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Also, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kan’ani said early on Friday that Iran’s views submitted to the coordinator "has a constructive approach aimed at finalizing the negotiations.”

But the US State Department said last week that Iran’s response to a recent EU draft was “not constructive.”

The United States, under former President Donald Trump, abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted under what he called the “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April last year, months after Joe Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing the anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, Washington’s indecisiveness has postponed reaching an agreement between the negotiating parties.


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