Iran, Russia, China teams meet ahead of Vienna talks Monday
Iran's negotiating team, led by Ali Baqeri-Kani, has held bilateral and trilateral meetings in Vienna, ahead of a resumption in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement that would remove all sanctions imposed by the US on Tehran.
"The Iranian team arrived on Saturday in Vienna and started meetings which continued on Sunday at an expert level with the heads of the Russian and Chinese negotiating teams, as well as the EU Coordinator Enrique Mora," Iranian diplomat Mohammadreza Ghaebi told ISNA news agency.
The remaining signatories to the deal are set to resume talks after a five-month hiatus. Iran says it won’t settle for anything less than the US sanctions removed all at once in a verifiable manner.
Iran also wants strict guarantees that the US would not abandon the agreement again. The US imposed many rounds of sanctions on Iran after pulling out of the accord in 2018.
Former US president Donald Trump left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and reimposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.
Following a year of strategic patience, Iran resorted to its legal rights under the JCPOA, which grants a party the right to suspend its contractual commitments in case of non-compliance by other signatories, and let go of some of the restrictions imposed on its nuclear energy program.