US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said on Saturday that he has held “productive” talks with European officials about the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
“Just finished a series of productive meetings in Paris with our EU and E3 colleagues about the future of JCPOA talks and the importance of a quick return to mutual compliance,” Malley tweeted after his meetings in Paris with European Union officials as well as officials from Germany, France and Britain.
The trio, along with Russia and China, all parties to the JCPOA, has held several rounds of negotiations with Iran in the Austrian capital Vienna since April, to restore the tattered nuclear deal by bringing the US back to compliance.
US President Joe Biden is willing to rejoin the accord, from which his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 and reimposed sanctions lifted under the deal.
Iran says the United States must remove all those sanctions in a verifiable manner before the Islamic Republic rolls back all “remedial measures” it took a year after the US withdrawal in retaliation.
Malley’s visit to Paris took place shortly after his trip to Moscow, where he held “good and constructive” consultations with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
He said both the US and Russia agreed on the need to return to talks, as well as the reimplementation of all JCPOA commitments.