Iranian And EU Negotiators Meet In Vienna For Fresh Nuclear Talks

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani met with European Union’s chief nuclear negotiator Enrique Mora in Vienna on Thursday aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Kani arrived in Vienna on Thursday morning to resume talks with world powers over stalled nuclear talks and expressed Iran’s readiness for reaching a good deal.

No more details are available on the meeting between Kani and Mora. However Iranian media said that more negotiations will take place between the Iranian team and other parties within different formats in Vienna.

State news agency IRNA citing sources said that Iranian side would not abandon its call for removal of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) from the US terrorism list during talks with western officials.

US special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley also headed to Vienna to resume the negotiations “with expectations in check.”

“The United States welcomes EU efforts and is prepared for a good faith attempt to reach a deal. It will shortly be clear if Iran is prepared for the same,” Malley said in a tweet.

Russia’s chief representative at the talks, Mikhail Ulyanov also hinted in a tweet post about restoration of Vienna talks. “Looks like the Vienna talks on restoration of the JCPOA will resume shortly. The delegations plan to come back to Vienna after a break of almost 5 months. The Russian negotiators stand ready for constructive talks in order to finalize the agreement,” Ulyanov said.

The development comes after EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell said last month he had proposed a new draft text to salvage the deal under which Iran is ready to curb its nuclear activity in return for relief from economic sanctions.

In 2018, former US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to begin breaching the nuclear limits set in the pact and accelerated its nuclear program.

But the deal was almost near revival in March after 11 months of indirect talks between representatives of Iran and US, but it faced impasse after Tehran asked for removal of (IRGC) from the US Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), a demand strongly rejected by US.

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