UPDATE 1- Iran’s “Very Clear Intent” to Resume Nuclear Talks, According to Ireland
(Add details on Ireland’s role and the background to the nuclear pact)
By Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister has expressed a “very clear intention” to resume nuclear talks in Vienna, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Wednesday after meeting with his Iranian counterpart on the sidelines of the conference. United Nations General Assembly.
“This may not happen for several weeks, as the new Iranian government finalizes its approach to these negotiations. But it has certainly expressed a very clear intention to return to these negotiations,” Simon Coveney, the minister, told reporters. Irish Foreign Minister.
Ireland is currently a member of the UN Security Council and coordinates the work of the 15-member body on a 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Tehran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
World powers have held six rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna to try to determine how the two can return to respecting the nuclear pact, which was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in 2018. .
Trump reimposed tough sanctions on Iran, which then began to violate restrictions on its nuclear program. Iran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes only.
The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hardline Ebrahim Raisi was elected president of Iran. Iran’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it would resume in a few weeks, Iranian state-run news agency IRNA reported.
In a video statement, Raisi told the annual gathering of executives https://www.reuters.com/world/no-iran-nuclear-deal-ministers-meeting-un-says-eus-borrell-2021-09-21 at the United Nations on Tuesday that Tehran wants to resume nuclear talks with world powers that would lead to the lifting of US sanctions.
(Additional report by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Leslie Adler and Will Dunham)