German Foreign Minister Mass On Iranian nuclear talks

US/Iran nuclear deal news

  • German Foreign Minister Maas says there are still some issue in Iranian nuclear talks, but some progress has been made
  • Assumes there is a chance to seal the deal in near future, even after the Iran election
Expect any news of a deal to send oil lower, but any dips may be quickly bought as fundamentals look good for oil over the medium term regardless of the Iranian supply

US / Iran talks to revive 2015 Iran nuclear deal – Iran says still work to be done

Reuters with an update on talks, will be of interest to the oil traders.

  • essential issues remain to be negotiated, the top Iranian negotiator said on Thursday
  • “We achieved good, tangible progress on the different issues …. we are closer than ever to an agreement but there are still essential issues under negotiations,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was quoted as telling Al Jazeera television.
Once the agreement is renegotiated Iranian oil should return to markets within months. Still a ways off though.
Background to this is
  • The US withdrew from the agreement in 2018
  • Iran and six world powers have now been negotiating in Vienna since April

North Korea is preparing for both dialogue and confrontation with the US

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un hedging his bets!

  • says NK is prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the US
Info from South Korean media, Yonhap, citing North Korea state media KCNA

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

More Putin: US to blame for all of the worsenings of relations

The superpowers remain foes

More from Putin on meeting with Biden:
  • Each side understands red lines
  • Conditions not right for a meeting in Moscow or Washington
  • Biden is a very constructive, balanced person.
  • US to blame for all of the worsening in relations
  • We didn’t feel any pressure from US side in talks
  • Talks were fruitful
  • He saw glimpse of hope about mutual trust
  • On sanctions, says it’s hard to say if pro-Russia or anti-Russia policies and US will prevail
Let’s face it, Russia and US will remain adversaries.

Iran / US talks to revive the 2015 nuclear accord will resume this weekend

Confirmation the talks would recommence came from US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Wednesday.

Sherman says the US administration is aiming to reach an agreement with Iran ahead of the June 18 Iranian presidential election, which could complicate the talks. Says:
  • 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
For more background on the talks and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  Al Jazeera have a good piece here.
Oil traders will be watching for signs that an agreement could increase oil supply from Iran in the coming months. This has been spoken about at great length in past weeks and months.
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Yellen says will carefully review sanctions if Iran returns to nuclear agreement

There’s a subtext here that’s important for oil

There's a subtext here that's important for oil
There’s a sequencing problem in Iran nuclear negotiations.
Iran says that once the US returns to the agreement and lifts sanctions, it will eliminate its nuclear stockpile. The US wants Iran to go first. Negotiators are trying to work out something where they act at the same time.
Yellen seems to be indicating that Iran needs to go first and they say that’s a non-started because it was the US that left the agreement, not them. So the US should come back into compliance first.
I don’t think this is what’s giving the latest lift to oil, which is up 38-cents to $66.60 — which is highest since May 18.

Weekend news – Iran says it will extend its (nuke) deal with the IAEA if needed

The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi spoke to Japanese media, NHK, Friday.

He said Iran may consider extending its cooperation (referring to inspections of its nuclear sites) with the International Atomic Energy Agency

  • Iran hopes that enough progress will be made in the talks on the removal of US sanctions and other issues by late May so that there will be no need for an extension
  • But, if needed, Iran will consider an extension at a proper time.

Another sign that tensions with Iran are slowly easing back a little.
NKH report Is here if you are after more.
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi spoke to Japanese media, NHK, Friday. 

Iran nuclear talks will continue this weekend and they’re a big risk for oil

A deal is a risk for oil

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There are positive indications on an Iran nuclear deal, something that could add 2 million barrels per day to global oil supply.
A fourth round of negotiations began today in Vienna and both sides sound optimistic.
Here’s what a senior State Dept official said in a media briefing yesterday:
Let me just start by saying that there’s been a lot of reporting about whether this is the final round, whether this is the decisive one, whether a deal needs to be reached in the coming weeks.  And I would simply say that we feel that the last three rounds have helped to crystallize the choices that need to be made to – by Iran and by the United States in order to come back into a compliance-for-compliance return – well, returning to mutual compliance with the JCPOA. We think that those – that it’s a pretty clear set of choices that needs to be made, because we’re not inventing something new.  It is written in the JCPOA.  And if Iran makes the political decision that it genuinely wants to return to the JCPOA as the JCPOA was negotiated, then it could be done relatively quickly and implementation could be relatively swift.
It seems to me that the old nuclear agreement is on the table. Iran took that deal before and so I don’t know why they wouldn’t take it again.
The official said that from the US side, there is no hesitation:

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Weekend – Iran says US sanctions on oil, banks expected to be lifted. US says No.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said a deal was close and section on the country would soon be lifted.

Later, CNN with the US denial:
  • White House officials on Sunday denied Iranian state media reports that the US has reached an agreement with Iran to lift economic sanctions against the country, saying that there is still much to be negotiated over the coming weeks.
  • “There is no deal now,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” adding that “there’s still fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps.”

China says US increasing military activity directed at it

AP with the report, citing a spokesperson for the Chinese Defense Ministry.

  • Activity by U.S. military ships and surveillance planes directed at China has increased significantly under President Joe Biden’s administration
  • Activity by U.S. military ships was up 20% and by planes 40% in Chinese-claimed areas since Biden took office in January over the same period last year
  • “The U.S. frequently dispatches ships and planes to operate in seas and airspace near China, promoting regional militarization and threatening regional peace and stability”
Note, China routinely objects to the U.S. military presence in the South China Sea