Iran Nuclear Chief Says Technical Discussion in Vienna Talks Concluded

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami on Wednesday said that technical issues and discussions in the Vienna talks have been completed, although there are political issues that still remain unresolved.

“Some political issues still remain in place which have to be dealt with by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Eslami was quoted as saying by state-news agency IRNA.

Eslami also said that AEOI and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in contact and managing their relations based on safeguard regulations.

However, Eslami did not provide further details on the new development as Vienna talks to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal have remained paused since March 11 after Russia demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed against Moscow should not damage its trade with Iran.

The international community imposed immense sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh said early this month that Iran will only return to Vienna to finalize an agreement, not to hold new negotiations.

Iran and negotiators from UK, China, France, Germany and Russia directly and US indirectly have been engaged in Vienna talks for nearly one year to review Iran’s nuclear deal.

Under the deal which is also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran agreed to curb sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

However, former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed stringent sanctions that battered Iran’s economy and its currency.

Since Washington’s withdrawal from the deal, Iran has violated some of its nuclear limits, and accelerated its nuclear programs.

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