Written by Staff Writer
Iran and the United States have agreed to start talks on Iran’s nuclear program before the end of November in exchange for the US lifting economic sanctions, four senior European Union officials told Reuters.
The plan would replace the existing interim deal put in place in 2015 that has halted Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions on the country.
“Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany agreed today in Vienna that technical talks between the parties can be started before the end of November,” the officials told Reuters.
“The American offer is to let Iran keep its nuclear program temporarily as a threshold nuclear state with full right to continue technological development.”
Iran set off a wave of optimism earlier this month when Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said it was preparing for talks with Washington on the nuclear program and economic issues.
But the news quickly became mixed when Zarif clarified on Saturday that talks would be held after November 6, according to Fars News Agency, indicating the agreement was not final.