Thursday, April 15, 2021

US-Iran nuclear talks begin in Vienna

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Ahead of the start of nuclear talks between the United States and Iran, the parties do not expect a major breakthrough today. According to the preliminary agreement, the representatives of the delegations of the two countries will not meet face to face in Vienna.

In the Austrian capital, the US delegation is led by the US Special Envoy for Iran, Rob Marley. Ahead of their departure, US State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said the talks were a “healthy step forward”, but added that an “early or quick breakthrough” was difficult and not expected at this stage.

According to Ned Price, the working groups are formed by Europeans in Vienna. The EU hopes that even indirect talks between Iran and the United States will pave the way for talks on renewing the 2015 international agreement.

“There will be no meeting between Iran and the United States. It is not necessary,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter on Friday. In Tehran, however, government spokesman Ali Rabei said today that Iran was “ready to return immediately.” [ბირთვული ხელშეკრულების] “All the conditions as soon as the American side lifts the sanctions.” Iran’s goal remains unchanged, and that is the lifting of sanctions that the United States has re-imposed on it, a government spokesman said.

In addition to the United States and Iran, the signatories to the 2015 agreement include China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. It was these countries that agreed a few days ago, at a virtual meeting on April 2, that it was necessary to talk about the future of the agreement.

Under the initial agreement, Iran was ready to curtail its nuclear program if the United States lifted sanctions on it. Former United States President Donald Trump left the deal in 2018 and renewed sanctions against Tehran. In response, Tehran began violating the terms of the agreement.

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