Iran Hopeful for Resumption of Nuclear Talks

Iran on Monday expressed its readiness to resume talks to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with the world powers, despite a recent setback in the negotiations in Vienna.

Iran’s chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani said that Iran is ready to conclude the Vienna talks if other parties are willing to do the same.

“We shared our proposed ideas, both on substance and form, to pave the way for a swift conclusion of Vienna negotiations which were aimed at fixing the damaging complicated situation caused by the US unilateral and unlawful withdrawal,”  Kani, also deputy Iranian foreign minister for political affairs, said in a tweet.

Kani furthered that Iran will work closely with JCPOA partners, in particular the coordinator, to give another chance to the US to demonstrate good “faith and act responsibly.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani also said that Iran welcomes any initiative facilitating a deal, and looking for a specific time for the next round of talks between Tehran and involved parties.

Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, under which Tehran has to reduce its nuclear activities in return for removal of sanctions. However, former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions, prompting Iran to accelerate its nuclear program.

In April 2021, Iran engaged in talks with Russia, China, France, UK and Germany directly and with the US indirectly to salvage its nuclear deal. However, the talks were suspended in March this year due to political differences between Iran and US.

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