Parties to Iran nuclear deal conclude final round of talks in Vienna
The other parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Wednesday, the European Union said, as diplomats said the meeting would close the latest round of talks on relaunching the deal and adjourn talks for at least a week.
Such meetings of the remaining parties – Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and the European Union – in a format known as the Joint Commission punctuated and suspended indirect talks between Iran and the United States. on the return of the two countries to full compliance. with the agreement of 2015.
The EU chairs the joint committee meetings in the basement of a luxury hotel and leads the diplomatic shuttle between Iranian envoys and a US delegation based in another luxury hotel across the road. Iran refuses to hold direct talks with Washington.
“A meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Committee will take place in Vienna today, Wednesday 02 June 2021,” the European Union said in a statement, referring to the Iran nuclear deal by its official name .
The statement did not allow time. One delegate said the meeting would take place in the early evening and another said 7:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. GMT). Other diplomats have said the talks, which are in their fifth round and started in April, will be suspended for at least a week.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator has said the obstacles to resuming the deal are complicated but not insurmountable.
“The differences have reached a point where everyone thinks these differences are not insoluble,” Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state television ahead of the meeting.
“But the details are important and Iran’s firm positions must be respected.”
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“I don’t think there will be much delay between today’s meeting and the next round of talks. As in previous rounds, we will probably return to Vienna after consulting our capitals,” Araqchi said.
The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made up of 35 countries, is holding a quarterly meeting next week, at which a number of delegates are expected to attend the nuclear talks.
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