Iran, nuclear deal parties to resume sanctions removal talks in Vienna Thursday
Iran and the five other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal are set to start a new round of negotiations on Thursday, December 9, in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Iran’s goal of the negotiations is aimed at securing a removal of the sanctions imposed by the US against the Islamic Republic after Washington’s withdrawal from the accord and reviving the embattled international document.
Iran’s chief negotiator to the Vienna talks Ali Bagheri-Kani, who was in Moscow for talks with Russian officials, on Tuesday announced the finalized date.
He said Tehran’s two proposed drafts put forward during the seventh round of talks with the other signatories to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), can seriously advance the negotiation process.
Bagheri-Kani, who serves as Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, explained that the two proposed drafts were nothing new and were in compliance with the texts that had earlier been agreed upon by both sides during the previous six rounds of the talks, but with some amendments and additions meant to make up for the shortcomings.
The senior Iranian diplomat said the country had held consultations with Russian and Chinese officials as well since the beginning of the seventh round of the Vienna talks.
The JCPOA was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign, which failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal.”
Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing the sanctions after the US, under President Joe Biden, voiced a willingness to return to the agreement.