Jan 13, 2022 16:27 UTC
  • 8th round of Vienna talks continue in Austrian capital as Iran says no to interim agreement

On Thursday, Iran's lead negotiator to the Vienna talks Ali Bagheri Kani and Enrique Mora, the European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief and head of the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as well as representatives of the three European signatories to the agreement held separate meetings.

According to Press TV, a source close to Iran’s negotiating team rejected reports that an interim agreement was discussed in the Vienna talks.

“Basically, the issue of an interim agreement or the so-called less-for-less agreement has not been so far raised in the talks, and has never been on the Iranian team’s agenda," Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) cited the unnamed source as saying on Thursday.

"As pointed out before, the Iranian delegation seeks a permanent and reliable agreement and has no plan [on the agenda] to talk about an interim agreement," the source added.

According to IRNA, the factual verification of the removal of US sanctions, which had been one of the main issues that the Western parties were opposed to, has been officially recognized and a discussion on the mechanisms of verification is still ongoing.

On Wednesday, more than 100 Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the US Congress, once again expressed their opposition to the return of their country to the JCPOA, and called for a halt to the Vienna talks.

Such statements are among the reasons why the Iranian delegation is insisting on receiving the necessary guarantees that Washington won't quit the deal again.