Iran and the European Union said on Saturday that stalled negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal would recommence in Vienna in the coming days.
“We will try to resolve the existing problems and differences in the course of the talks that will resume soon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told a joint press conference after meeting EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Tehran.
Amir-Abdollahian said Iran would welcome “dignified and result-oriented diplomacy and dialogue”.
EU-coordinated talks between Iran and France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China as well as the United States that participated indirectly have been on hold since March 11.
Key sticking points remained unresolved as the United States refused to meet Iran’s major demands including the removal of all sanctions it reimposed and reinforced on the Islamic Republic after its unilateral withdrawal from the deal, known as the JCPOA, in 2018.
“We hope that the American side will act realistically and fairly and take responsible and committed measures this time in the process of negotiations and in reaching the end point of an agreement,” the top Iranian diplomat said.
Amir-Abdollahian said what matters for Iran is to receive its full economic benefit from the JCPOA.
“Any issue that affects Iran's full economic benefit from the JCPOA revival would not be acceptable to Iran,” he pointed out.
Borrell said his visit to Tehran was aimed at “breaking the deadlock at the JCPOA [talks] and reducing tensions.”
“It is important to me to break the JCPOA deadlock and we will resume the negotiations in the coming days… in Vienna after my trip,” he said.
He hoped that an agreement on the JCPOA revival would “ensure Iran's economic security and alleviate the world’s non-proliferation concerns.”