Iranian nuclear negotiator explains why talks are complicated

Iranian nuclear negotiator explains why talks are complicated

Head of Iranian expert team of nuclear negotiations Hamid Baeedinejad elaborated on what has made complicated the nuclear talks on drafting the text of the comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Baeedinejad said nuclear issues and ways to lift sanctions are important questions that both sides are sensitive about.

He added each word or sentence suggested by one side about nuclear issues or sanctions carries high sensitivity for the other side. The two have found solutions for major issues including enrichment, Arak reactor, Fordow and sanctions, but structure of statement is an issue still difficult to reach, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported May 4.

Baeedninejad continued when international talks like nuclear negotiations are held in difficult conditions, creativity to play with words gets priority.

'When content is an important issue in these conditions, finding proper words to serve the two sides' interests plays very important role to open the window to an agreement.'

"The issue is not only knowing the English language, but how to write the texts of such agreements. Understanding of such texts is difficult for those who are out of the negotiating table. So, elaborating on the talks and agreements needs technical, political and legal clarifications," he added.

The Iranian diplomat said those who are out of the negotiating room are suggested to be patient in order to find precise meaning of the texts of agreement.

Baeedinejad said need to clarify commitments and measures using a language called 'constructive ambiguity' is very important in these international talks.

The measures taken by the two sides must be clear, transparent and un-interpretable. Any ambiguity may create misunderstanding and conflict in future, he underlined.

The head of Iranian nuclear expert team stressed the importance of spirit of multilateral understanding, saying this agreement has very complicated spirit. In fact, it is not just a political agreement on a public issue.

He further said that the technical aspects of the nuclear issue has turned it into a complicated technical and legal issue and reaching an agreement on it needs not only the two sides' political decisions but also exact review of the technical aspects to find due solutions.

Iran and the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) reached a nuclear framework agreement on April 2 in Lausanne that raised hopes for achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal by June 30. The deal provisions the removal of all international sanctions on Iran and in return narrowing the range of the country's nuclear activities.

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