On Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said that from this weekend, negotiations between Iran and the world powers will resume on how to revive the 2015 nuclear accord and Sherman also mentioned that 18th June presidential election of Iran was a complicating factor.
During a virtual event of the German Marshall Fund think tank, Sherman, one of the key U.S. negotiators for the original deal, said that he knows that over this coming weekend, the negotiation will start again. Sherman added, “I think there’s been a lot of progress made, but, out of my own experience, until the last detail is nailed down, and I mean nailed down, we will not know if we have an agreement.”
The talks seek to revive Iranian and US compliance with a landmark agreement under which Iran agreed to restraints on its nuclear program to make it harder to obtain fissile material for a bomb in return for the easing of the US, European Union and U.N. sanctions.
Since April, there have been 5 rounds of indirect US-Iran talks and the next set is likely to begin on Saturday in Vienna, according to the lead negotiator of Iran.
However, suggesting a return to compliance with the accord, a host of obstacles are still remain as a way off, 4 diplomats, 2 Iranian officials and 2 analysts say.
Another significant issue is the 18th June elections to replace President and a pragmatist, Hassan Rouhani, who promoted the original deal and who widely expected to be followed by a hard-line successor. Without elaborating, Sherman said that the Iranian presidential election is complicated.
The election is also likely to affect the foreign and nuclear policies of Iran. The Supreme Leader of the country, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decided the policies. All 7 candidates running for president have supported the talks.