Iran, P4+1 hold new round of Vienna talks focused on removing sanctions
Iran and the five remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal have held a new round of talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna focused on the removal of all sanctions imposed on Tehran after Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the agreement.
Representatives of Iran and the P4+1 group of countries began the eighth round of the Vienna talks on Monday after the previous round, the first under Iran's new President Ebrahim Raeisi, ended 10 days ago.
Asked whether he is optimistic about the result of talks, Iran's chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, who also serves as deputy foreign minister for political affairs, said, “If we were not [optimistic about the result] we would not have come to Vienna.”
According to Iran’s official IRNA news agency, during the meeting, Bagheri Kani stressed the need for the removal of sanctions, noting that Iran should be provided with “objective and sufficient” guarantees by the opposites sides followed by verification of sanctions removal.
Explaining on the progress made in the previous round of talks, Iran’s negotiator declared complete readiness of the Iranian delegation for serious interaction with other delegations to help the talks advance.
EU official: We are talking about weeks not months to reach agreement
Following the meeting, European Union's deputy foreign policy chief and head of the JCPOA Joint Commission, Enrique Mora told reporters in a presser that it is possible for the parties to Vienna talks to reach an agreement in a matter of “weeks not months.”
Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China -- resumed talks in Vienna on November 29 after a five-month hiatus, marking the first round of negotiations under President Ebrahim Raeisi’s administration and the seventh overall.
Iran and the P4+1 group of countries sat down for talks in the Austrian capital on December 9 after being paused on December 3, when the participants returned to their capitals for additional consultations on the two draft proposals that Tehran had put forward.
During the 7th round, the new Iranian administration presented two separate proposals on the removal of US sanctions and Iran’s return to its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.