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Published: 0454 GMT August 17, 2021

Iran, Russia discuss ‘prospects of resumption’ of Vienna talks on JCPOA

Iran, Russia discuss ‘prospects of resumption’ of Vienna talks on JCPOA

Senior diplomats from Iran and Russia exchanged views on restoration of talks in Vienna, Austria, on a potential revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, suspended amid a power transition in Tehran following the June presidential election.

In a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday, Ambassador of Russia to the Vienna-based international organizations Mikhail Ulyanov said he met with his Iranian counterpart Kazem Gharibabadi.

According to Ulyanov, the two discussed a restart of the talks on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Action (JCPOA), which has been in crisis since the US unilateral withdrawal in May 2018.

The two diplomas also exchanged views on issues on the agenda of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which tasked with monitoring the technical aspects of the JCPOA implementation.

“Met with the Permanent Representative of #Iran Ambassador Kazem Gharib Abadi. We discussed the prospects of resumption of the #ViennaTalks on restoration of #JCPOA, as well as issues on the IAEA agenda,” Ulyanov tweeted.

The JCPOA was reached in 2015 between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. However, the deal was ditched by former US President Donald Trump in 2018 in spite of Iran’s full compliance with its contractual obligations.

Since April, the remaining signatories to the JCPOA have been holding face-to-face talks in the Austrian capital aimed at bringing the US back to compliance and putting the deal back on track, Press TV wrote.

So far, six rounds of negotiations have been held in Vienna, as a result of which, according to participants, “significant progress” has been made in the course of the “constructive” and “businesslike” talks.

However, disagreements have persisted over a number of issues, including how to sequence the US sanctions removal, with Tehran arguing that since Washington was the party that violated the terms of the agreement, it should take the first step back into compliance with the deal by removing its unilateral sanctions.

Following the last round of the Vienna talks, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said the next session must wait until the newly-elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi takes office in early August.

The Russian top negotiator said on August 9 that the next round of Vienna talks would possibly begin “in a few weeks” and “as soon as the Iranian side gets prepared.”

On the same day, Raeisi held a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, noting that the rights of the Iranian nation must be guaranteed in any negotiations and its interests must be met.

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