News ID: 318787
Published: 0410 GMT December 17, 2021

Vienna talks adjourned after ‘good progress’

Vienna talks adjourned after ‘good progress’

Iran’s top negotiator: Next round could be last one

EU: Difficult decisions have to be taken

International Desk

Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on Friday adjourned talks in Vienna on reviving the accord for a brief pause after taking stock of the situation.

“We have made good progress this week,” Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani tweeted, adding that talks will resume “after a break of a few days”.

China's chief negotiator Wan Qun said the talks will “resume hopefully before the end of the year.”

Enrique Mora, the European Union diplomat who chaired the talks, echoed that, saying, “I hope it will be during 2021.”

Diplomats from Iran and the P4+1 – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – wrapped up the seventh round of negotiations in the Austrian capital that began on November 29 after a five-month hiatus as they tried to narrow gaps on how to bring back the moribund accord to life.

Baqeri Kani told reporters the new round could be the last one if “the opposing side accepts Iran’s logical stances”.

“The new round could be the last round of talks and we can reach a deal in the shortest period of time.”  


‘Difficult decisions’

Mora told reporters after the Friday meeting that participants achieved a “joint draft” for talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA.    

He said the joint draft does not mean reaching a deal but it will be the basis for continuing the talks, IRNA reported.

Mora underscored that there is a “sense of urgency” to revive the JCPOA after the talks were adjourned, but he did not set a deadline.

“We are not talking any more about months, we are talking about weeks,” he said, though he added that he could not say how many, AP reported.

“For the eighth round, we have a lot of work ahead, a very complex task, I have to say,” Mora said. “Difficult political decisions have to be taken.”

The deal has been unraveling since former US president Donald Trump walked out of it and reinstated and reinforced sanctions on Iran.

During the new round of talks, Iran put forward two sets of proposals on the removal of US sanctions and the rollback of the nuclear steps Tehran took in retaliation for Washington’s pullout. The US and the three European states called the proposals excessive while Iran stressed that they were based on the six precious rounds of talks held earlier this year and within the framework of the JCPOA.

Baqeri Kani on Tuesday hit back at the Western parties over “persisting in their blame game”, after European diplomat gave a pessimistic assessment of the talks and said they were “rapidly reaching the end of the road” to save the JCPOA.

Russia’s lead negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov said he held what appeared to be a “productive” meeting with US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley in Vienna on Thursday.

“The pragmatic cooperation between our delegations in the course of the #ViennaTalks is very important,” Ulyanov said in a tweet.








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