European envoys sceptical on Iran nuclear deal by late June

French and German envoys to Iran nuclear talks cast their doubts on final deal with Tehran by late June

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

European envoys said on Tuesday that a final agreement on Iran’s long-disputed nuclear programme seems dubious before the June 30 deadline as the technical details still remain unresolved between the parties.

French ambassador to Washington Gerard Araud said it was very likely that the negotiations would go beyond June 30, hereby, a comprehensive final deal might be missed on Iran’s decade-old nuclear dispute.

"It’s very likely that we won’t have an agreement before the end of June or even [right] after," Araud said in an appearance at the Atlantic Council think tank.

"Even if we get the best deal...afterwards, you will have to translate it into the technical annexes, so it may be...we could have a sort of fuzzy end to the negotiation," he added.

German Ambassador to the US Peter Wittig also expressed his pessimism over a final Iran nuclear deal that will immediately require lifting of the sanctions imposed on Tehran.

"Iran needs some time to start the implementation of this agreement, so in the best case sanctions relief would not happen before the end of this year," German Ambassador Wittig said.

Iran and the group of six world powers, dubbed P5+ 1 and consisting of the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, had reached a preliminary framework nuclear agreement in Switzerland by the beginning of April which was regarded by the US as “historic” but opposed by Israel for security reasons.

The deal reached in Switzerland between the parties specifies that Iran will decrease two thirds of its uranium enrichment centrifuges and limit the level of enrichment to 3.67 percent, which would prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb. Many of the restrictions will expire in 15 years.

The deal also decreases Iranian uranium stockpiles from 10,000 kilograms to 300 which will be enriched only by Arak Nuclear Reactor under the inspection  of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

In return, the 10-year-deal promises Iran that all UN sanctions on Tehran will end with Iran’s fulfilment of the criteria within a planned calendar, after a July 1 final deadline was agreed between Iran and the West.  


TRTWorld and agencies