News ID: 315433
Published: 0748 GMT August 09, 2021

Vienna talks could resume ‘hopefully in a few weeks’: Russia

Vienna talks could resume ‘hopefully in a few weeks’: Russia

International Desk

A senior Russian diplomat on Monday hoped that talks in Vienna between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, would resume "in a few weeks".

Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, tweeted that he is "looking forward to the resumption of the Vienna talks on [the] JCPOA as soon as the Iranian side gets prepared, hopefully in a few weeks".

Iran has held several rounds of talks, coordinated by the European Union, with France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China since April in the Austrian capital Vienna to restore the nuclear agreement by bringing back the United States in compliance with the accord.

The JCPOA has been unraveling since former US president Donald Trump pulled out of it in 2018 and reinstated sanctions that had been lifted under the deal.

The unilateral withdrawal prompted Iran to retaliate a year later by dropping its commitments in a phased fashion.

US President Joe Biden seeks to rejoin the accord but Tehran wants Washington to remove all the sanctions before reentering the JCPOA.

Iran's new President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Monday told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the phone that the rights and interests of the Iranian nations "must be ensured in any talks".

Raeisi said the Americans "clearly violated their commitments" by imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Raeisi, who took office last week, said during his inauguration speech that he will support "any diplomatic plans" to lift US sanctions but that foreign pressure will not make Iran back down from its rights.

Macron told the Iranian president that France is seeking a solution to the US pullout and expressed hope that the Vienna talks will resume.

An EU official said last week fresh talks could take place in the Austrian capital in early September.


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