June 30 Iran nuclear deal 'unlikely'

Iran nuclear deal planned for June 30 likely to face delays due to technical details, French envoy Gerard Araud says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Individuals involved with the negotiation process aimed at reaching a nuclear deal with Iran say that technical details in the talks may prevent a conclusion by the previously stated June 30 deadline.

Six major powers are currently in talks with Iran aimed at limiting the country’s nuclear capability in exchange for easing decades long sanctions placed on the country.

Envoys from the US, France, the UK, Germany, Russia and China have convened with their Iranian counterparts in an attempt to finalise a deal by the end of June.

Saying that Iran was causing delays by requesting ministers from the six powers to make decisions on issues rather than lower level officials, leading to frustration on all sides, French envoy Gerard Araud stated that the initial deadline now seemed implausible.

"It's very likely that we won't have an agreement before the end of June or even [right] after," he said.

"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."

His German counterpart Peter Wittig echoed Araud’s skepticism stating that "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."

Iran and the group of six world powers dubbed the P5+1 - 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. The agreement 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 uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent, which would prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb. Many of the restrictions will expire after 15 years.

The deal will decrease Iranian uranium stockpiles from 10,000 kilograms to 300 which will be enriched only by the 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. 

TRTWorld and agencies