TEHERAN – Iran has denied reports that Tehran is closing in on a “temporary deal” with United States of America (AS) soal nuclear program . The report said there would be sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Iran’s uranium enrichment.
The Iranian mission at the UN in a statement on Friday (9/6/2023), denied the report published by the Middle East Eye website. The report claimed a breakthrough in talks between Tehran and Washington to reach an “interim agreement”.
“No provisional agreement (intended) to replace the JCPOA,” the UN Iranian mission said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran’s mission to the United Nations also emphasized that there is no such deal on the agenda. A spokesman for the White House National Security Council also previously dismissed the report, calling it “false and misleading.”
Citing two sources, Middle East Eye said in a report on Thursday that Tehran and Washington were nearing a temporary agreement that would bring sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for a reduction in nuclear enrichment activities.
The report stated that the talks had taken place on US soil. It added that Washington was still reluctant to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal which it unilaterally abandoned in May 2018.
According to the report, the Iranian side was represented by Amir Saeed Irvani, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, while the American side was represented by Robert Malley, the Joe Biden administration’s special envoy to Iran. “Both sides engaged in several face-to-face meetings,” the report said.
The report further said that Qatar had emerged as a “facilitator” between the two sides, “offering its assistance in resolving banking-related issues” between them.