As the AFP agency informed on Saturday, Iran is ready to continue negotiations on the nuclear deal. Talks may resume in Vienna in early September, the agency said, citing a high-ranking EU official who participates in talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear pact.
The European Union negotiator responsible for Iran’s nuclear dossier, Spaniard Enrique Mora, took part in the swearing-in of the new Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on Thursday. “Enrique Mora visited Tehran as representative of Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy and coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Committee, the 2015 agreement with Tehran on nuclear policy,” said a senior EU official for AFP.
“He asked to be interviewed on the JCPOA, and his interlocutor was Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who may become the new head of Iranian diplomacy,” he said. – The talks were very successful because they managed to express concerns about Iran’s nuclear activity in recent weeks – he added. “The Iranians told him they wanted to resume talks in Vienna as soon as possible,” the official said. – They also said that they are ready to return to Vienna, but they do not want to argue to no avail. They want an agreement, they want success – he said.
The official explained that “Iranians must first form a government, appoint a new foreign minister, and then appoint a negotiating team to hold talks in Vienna.” – Negotiations may resume in early September – he added.
What did the 2015 agreement provide?
The delegations of Iran, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, Germany and the European Union participate in the nuclear negotiations, while the Americans participate indirectly. Tehran did not agree to the presence of US delegates at the negotiating table.
The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran provided that Tehran would significantly reduce uranium production, and the international community would lift the economic sanctions imposed on the country. In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the deal and imposed new economic sanctions on Iran.
So far, six rounds of negotiations have taken place in Vienna, which have not brought the parties closer to the renewal of the agreement. The date for the next round has not been set.
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