"A meeting of the Joint Commission was held and various parties, including Iran, expressed their views on the future course of the talks," said Ali Baqeri-Kani, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs who heads the Iranian negotiating team in the Vienna talks.
He made the remarks while speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting of the joint commission of the 2015 nuclear deal, Mehr News Agency reported.
Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA reconvened in Vienna on Thursday to resume talks on the revival of the tattered agreement as the United States imposed new sanctions on Iran that could be seen as a “wrench” thrown into the process.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran stressed at the meeting that it will continue the path of dialogue based on its own positions and views, which it has already stated, and has a serious will to enter into serious negotiations," he added. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will not see any obstacle to reaching an agreement if the necessary grounds are provided."
In response to the question of whether Iran received the reasonable and logical answer regarding its proposals that it expected today, he said, "This issue should be followed up in the working group meeting."
"The fact that the parties have a serious will to continue the talks shows that the two sides want to get closer to each other," the Iranian diplomat noted.
The two draft texts address, separately, the removal of US sanctions and Iran’s nuclear actions. Iran says it is preparing a third draft text on the verification of the sanctions removal, according to presstv.ir.
Iran began to do away with some of its nuclear obligations in a legal move under the JCPOA, which grants the compliant party the right to suspend its commitments in case of non-performance by the other side.
Following Iran’s proposals, Baqeri-Kani said Tehran's core demands, as presented in the draft texts, “cannot be rejected” and that Iran “will not backtrack on [those] demands.”
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission talks said for his part that he saw renewed will on all sides, including Iran, to reach an agreement, but that would now be tested as envoys go into details in the days ahead.
“What I felt this morning was from ... all delegations a renewed sense of purpose in the need to work and to reach an agreement on bringing the JCPOA back to life,” EU deputy foreign policy chief, Enrique Mora, said after the meeting.
Mora added, "We are not starting from scratch. We are starting from very solid work done over a number of weeks by all delegations... At the same time i insist there is a sense of urgency in getting an agreement and obviously as time goes by this sense of urgency is more acute and imperative. We have to really focus harder on the task ahead."
The EU official noted, "All delegations have committed to stay as necessary to reach an agreement.... All delegations have said very clearly they are here to work ... until we get [an] agreement and then we will try to do so in coming days."
The talks resumed two days after the US imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities, with Iran censuring the bans as a manifestation of Washington’s lack of seriousness and goodwill.
Since the beginning of the talks, Iran has insisted on the primacy of the removal of US sanctions, maintaining that the US is fully responsible for the current situation.
Iran has also stated that the US needs to provide guarantees that it will not exit the deal again.
Russia: JCPOA commission meeting short but constructive
After the end of the new meeting of JCPOA participants on Thursday, Russia’s lead negotiator at the talks described the meeting as “short” and “constructive,” stressing the necessity of finalizing the talks swiftly and successfully.
“The meeting of the Joint Commission is over. It was rather short and constructive,” Mikhail Ulyanov wrote in a tweet.
“The participants observed a number of important commonalities in [their] positions, including with regard to the need to finalise the #ViennaTalks on restoration of #JCPOA successfully and swiftly,” he added.
In recent weeks, Iran has made clear that it neither seeks anything less than the removal of all US sanctions in one go nor anything more than JCPOA commitments. Tehran has also rejected a step-by-step revival of the pact.