News ID: 302816
Published: 0459 GMT May 06, 2021

Iran’s top negotiator arrives in Vienna, will meet IAEA chief tonight

Iran’s top negotiator arrives in Vienna, will meet IAEA chief tonight
MNA

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi arrived in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Thursday for the fourth round of the Joint Commission of the 2015 nuclear deal and is to meet with the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi.

Araqchi heads Iran’s delegation at the Vienna nuclear talks with the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to salvage the troubled nuclear deal, IRNA reported.

The Joint Commission of JCPOA will be held on Friday with the participation of the Iranian negotiation team and the P4+1 (Germany, France, Russia, China, and Britain) to resolve technical issues hampering a full restoration of the nuclear agreement.

The talks in Vienna are aimed at discussing steps that the US is required to take to rejoin the deal from which former US president Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions on Iran.

A US delegation has been in a separate location in Vienna, hence representatives of the five powers and the European Union, which coordinates the talks, shuttle between both sides because Iran has rejected direct talks Americans.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied a report that the United States does not intend to remove all its sanctions on the Islamic Republic in order to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal.

“If the United States had insisted on such matters, the talks would have halted by now,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told IRNA, referring to the Vienna talks.

Khatibzadeh said that “differences between Iran and the US in Vienna are not few” and that “some US stances are not acceptable”.

“That is why the Iranian delegation is conducting the talks carefully and punctiliously,” he added.

Speaking at the end of the third of the talks on May 1, Araqchi said that the negotiations to fully restore the 2015 nuclear agreement has concluded with some “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 on Saturday afternoon, Press TV reported.

   
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