Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday said talks with EU deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora over the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA were “positive”.
Speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the phone, Amir-Abdollahian said talks with the European Union’s envoy in Tehran on Thursday focused on finding “practical solutions to the impasse in Vienna” where Iran and other JCOPA parties – Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain – held six rounds of discussions earlier this year to restore the troubled pact.
He said that “the problems” in Vienna stemmed from an “obligation-evading” approach by the United States to the JCPOA based on which Washington refused to “fully and effectively remove unilateral and illegal sanction” it reimposed and reinforced on Iran after leaving the nuclear deal in 2018.
The Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement said the two diplomats “confirmed that the restoration of the nuclear agreement to its original balanced configuration is the only correct way to ensure the rights and interests of all parties involved”.
It added both sides expressed “mutual interest” in resuming negotiations in Vienna “as soon as possible".
Earlier in the day, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani held talks with Mora to whom he said Iran has always proved to be a “responsible player” in the international arena while the other side has been significantly far from being responsible.
“Whichever party shows more responsibility is closer to the negotiating table,” Baqeri Kani said.
He stressed that Iran is always ready for “serious negotiations” that lead to a “practical agreement”, not a deal on paper.
Baqeri Kani said Iran seriously doubts about “the true will of the US to live up to is commitments” under the deal.
He also criticized the inaction of the European parties to the deal in fulfilling their obligations.
Mora, who coordinated the 2015 text affording Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear activities, said he is ready to cooperate with Tehran and other parties in order to continue negotiations to achieve a result that is acceptable to all sides.
Baqeri Kani and Mora agreed to continue talks in Brussel in the coming days.
A spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief said on Thursday that Josep Borrell is waiting on responses from Washington and Tehran before calling a meeting of negotiators on JCPOA revival.
Peter Stano said Mora’s visit to Tehran was aimed at underlining the "urgency of resuming discussions".
"We are awaiting the Iranians' response," he added, according to AFP.
"Josep Borrell is for his part in Washington where he is meeting with his American counterpart Antony Blinken over the Iranian nuclear accord.
"We shall see the outcome of these discussions," said Stano.
"A meeting will be called if all parties are in agreement and are all ready," said Stano. "There is an urgent need to resume discussions very soon."