Iran in Contact with EU for Time and Venue of New Round of Nuclear Talks

Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani said that he is in contact with EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Enrique Mora to discuss the time and venue of a new round of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Kani said that the negotiations in Doha took place within a predetermined framework, and now discussions are underway with EU sides on the new round of talks.

But Kani did not specify that the next round of talks would take place between Iran and P4+1, including UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, or it would be indirectly between Tehran and Washington.

The US and Iran with the mediation of Mora had held indirect talks last week in Doha to remove obstacles ahead of revival of the nuclear deal, officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Doha talks did not bear results, but Kani said that the continuation of the talks is based on an understanding between Iran and the opposite side.

Iran signed the JCPOA with the world powers in July 2015, agreeing to reduce its nuclear activity in return of lifting severe sanctions on the country. However, the then US president Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions, prompting Iran to accelerate its nuclear activities.

Since April last year, Iran and world powers have engaged in extensive discussions in Austrian capital Vienna, but the parties failed to resolve major difference and talks has been suspended.

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