“It is essential to remember that the agreed goal of the Vienna talks is to restore the original JCPOA which includes sanctions lifting and full implementation of commitments under the nuclear deal,” Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov wrote on Twitter, using the official name of the nuclear deal.
“No single participant in the talks questions this agreed goal,” Ulyanov pointed out.
Iran and the other five remaining JCPOA parties have held six rounds of talks in Vienna since April to salvage the faltering agreement by bringing the US, as the violator of the deal, back into compliance.
In quitting the JCPOA in May 2018, former US president Donald Trump reinstated sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the accord, while piling on the pressure with new bans, while the other parties failed to protect Iran’s contractual benefits.
The Vienna talks were adjourned in late June as participants failed to settle unresolved points of contention, including the need to remove all US sanctions and provide Iran with assurances over Washington’s compliance with the deal.
Then, Iran’s democratic transition after holding its presidential election protracted the pause.
Iran wants the United States to remove all sanctions imposed by Trump before rejoining the JCPOA. But the US says Iran first need to roll back retaliatory nuclear measures it took in response to Trump’s withdrawal before getting a relief from sanctions.