Iran Says New Round of Vienna Talks to Resume Soon

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Monday that Vienna talks will resume soon, but said the new avenue for negotiations was still unclear.

Briefing newsmen in Tehran, Khatibzadah said that there is consensus among Iran, EU, Russia, and China for the resumption of talks but some “outstanding issues” between Iran and US have been moved forward by the negotiators.

According to Khatibzadah, EU Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell and Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said during a phone call that the prolongation of the current recess in the talks was not in the interest of the negotiations.

During the talks, Borrell said the pause in the Vienna negotiations, which broke off on March 14, was not constructive and called for fresh talks between Enrique Mora, the senior EU official chairing the process, and Iran’s lead negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani.

Khatibzadah said that Amir Abdollahian told Borrell that the other participants in the talks, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the UK, were “ready to finalize agreement” on reviving the JCPOA.

Iran and the US, who are engaged in indirect talks in Vienna, did not reach any progress on JCPOA, an agreement signed in 2015 to reduce Iran’s nuclear activity, but the former US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018.

Trump reimposed stringent sanctions, which allegedly prompted Iran to accelerate its nuclear program.  

Khatibzadeh said that the location and the level of the meeting for the resumption of Vienna talks had not been decided yet.

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