Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will resume talks in Vienna on Friday in an effort to fully salvage the troubled nuclear deal, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman.
Speaking at an online weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Iranian negotiating team, chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, returned to Tehran Saturday evening “for some consultations,” Mashreghnews.ir reported.
The spokesman further noted what is important to Iran is that the JCPOA must be fully honored by the other side.
“This is what we have made clear at the Joint Commission for all participants,” he said, hinting at the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018 as the first party that reneged its contractual commitments, Press TV wrote.
“As the Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned, we are neither in a hurry nor will we enter an attritional game,” he added.
Representatives from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany have so far held three rounds of talks in Vienna in form of the JCPOA Joint Commission since last month to fully restore the 2015 nuclear deal through a US return to the deal.
Speaking at the end of the third round of the negotiations in Vienna Saturday afternoon, Araqchi said that the talks have approached certain “maturity” and “clarity” while there remains a lengthy and bumpy road ahead.
“I can say that the discussions have reached maturity, both on the issues that are contentious and the issues over which there is agreement,” Araqchi said.
“We have specific subtle technical points and details on issues relating to [Iran’s] nuclear activities and the [US unilateral] sanctions, which need to be discussed,” he added.
The US has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran since the JCPOA went into effect in January 2016. Washington began to adopt what it called the “maximum pressure” policy against the Islamic Republic under former President Donald Trump after he withdrew from the nuclear accord in May 2018.
Iran argues that salvaging the JCPOA, which the US President Joe Biden’s administration has promised a return to, requires full and effective removal of all US sanctions imposed after the deal went into force. It says that only then, Tehran would reverse the “remedial measures” it has taken in response to the sanctions.
Araqchi explained that although it is not predictable when and how the two sides can reach an agreement on the full restoration of the 2015 pact, “the format of any agreement will be definitely in accordance with the [Iranian] establishment’s positions”.