Iran Nuclear Talks to Restart

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program will restart on Monday, five months after they were suspended, as world powers attempt to revive their 2015 agreement with Iran.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) from 2015 offered easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for imposing limits on its nuclear program.

Talks paused in June with diplomats expecting that an agreement will be reached soon, but the new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s refusal to continue the talks have dimmed expectations for the deal.

Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France, Germany and the EU are set to discuss the JCPOA at Vienna on Monday after preliminary bilateral talks on Sunday. Iran refused to directly talk to the U.S.

Last week, Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani asserted that for the new round of talks, the U.S. must first guarantee that it will lift sanctions before Iran complies with the nuclear deal.

“We need verification, and this remains unresolved,” Bagheri Kani told the Guardian. “It is not enough for the ink to be put on the agreement.”

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