Iran Agrees to Resume Nuclear Negotiations by End of November

Iran has agreed to resume talks aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal “before the end of November,” the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani announced on Oct. 27.

Kani said he met with Enrique Mora, the European Union’s chief coordinator for the talks, in Brussels and they agreed to reopen the talks next month.

Kani added that the exact date for the talks would be announced next week.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a press conference in Tehran that the government would “evaluate” the outcome of the Brussels meeting before setting an exact date.

“But it will not be too later,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

The Vienna-based talks aim to revive the nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which sets limitations on Iran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

United States President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in May 2018 and re-imposed harsh sanctions that devastated Iran’s economy, resulting in Iran to stop complying to the agreement.

Amir-Abdollahian said that the return of the U.S. to the deal “does not matter to us. What is important is that the outcome of talks be in Iran’s favor.”

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