Despite challenges, Iran-P4+1 talks in Vienna on right track: IAEA chief
The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says despite certain challenges, the ongoing talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries in the Austria capital of Vienna on the removal of sanctions and revival of the 2015 agreement are on the right track.
In an interview with Saudi-owned al-Arabiya news channel on Saturday, Rafael Grossi added that it would be clear within the next few days whether the Vienna negotiations between Iran and the five remaining parties to the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would result in an outcome.
It is complicated but not impossible to reach an agreement with Tehran within the next days, he said.
The IAEA chief emphasized that no agreement has been reached yet between the parties to the Vienna talks but they have not given up hope to achieve a deal.
There are currently difficulties which would continue, but the sides must work to solve them one by one, he said.
The UN nuclear agency added that the parties to the Vienna talks can reach an agreement only if all sides demonstrate cooperation and Iran returns to its compliance with the obligations as per the JCPOA .
He noted that further consultations between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries would reduce tensions and bring their views closer to each other.
The IAEA chief said the agency has scaled up its efforts to help the parties in the Vienna talks reach an agreement and remain committed to it, urging all sides to be patient to find a diplomatic solution.
He said the political-level talks are currently underway to determine the sides' demands, adding that the most important question at the current stage is whether a return to the JCPOA is possible.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Grossi said the agency is concerned about the existence of undeclared nuclear material in Iran’s sites and called on the country to provide the watchdog with responses to its questions and ambiguities.