0723 GMT October 17, 2021
Any pick-up of negotiations is being closely monitored by energy markets, according to Bloomberg.
European Union deputy foreign policy chief, Enrique Mora, is expected in the Iranian capital for talks within days, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified in line with diplomatic rules. Shuttle diplomacy between the participants in the talks – China, France, Germany, Russia and UK – has picked up recently, and a restart of broader talks could happen within the next three weeks, they said.
Peter Stano, a spokesperson for the European Commission, declined to comment on any travel plans, saying it was part of the work of officials to see partners around the world. On the Iran negotiations, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, “has stressed repeatedly that it is urgent to resume Vienna talks very soon,” and the Iranian foreign minister had promised him a swift return to negotiations, Stano said.
The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was concluded with the US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany; it offered Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, while also placing it under UN supervision, AFP wrote.
But the US unilaterally pulled out of the deal under Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions, prompting Iran to gradually renege on its commitments a year later in retaliation.
Talks got underway in Vienna in April to revive the deal, but have been suspended since June due to Iran’s presidential elections that led to Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi emerging victorious.
On Monday, Russia’s Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov asserted that, despite the hiatus that was brought about in the Vienna nuclear talks, the negotiations should not go back to day one, Press TV reported.
“This is very important! We should not resume the Vienna talks on JCPOA from scratch,” tweeted Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna.
“During the previous six rounds of negotiations significant and very useful progress has been achieved,” he added.