Published: Fri, April 02, 2021
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Vienna meeting signals new push to revive Iran nuclear deal

Vienna meeting signals new push to revive Iran nuclear deal

World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference Friday (2 April) to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, in talks mediated by the EU. We will address any efforts at sanction evasion.

Iranian state television quoted Abbas Araghchi, Iran's nuclear negotiator at the virtual meeting, as saying during Friday's discussions meeting that any "return by the U.S.to the nuclear deal does not require any negotiation and the path is quite clear".

The statement continued: "Participants agreed to resume this session of the Joint Commission in Vienna next week, in order to clearly identify sanctions lifting and nuclear implementation measures, including through convening meetings of the relevant expert groups".

On Wednesday US State Department spokesman Ned Price reacted to the strategic document between Iran and China while speaking in a press briefing.

"What we had heard was that they were interested first in a series of initial steps, and so we were exchanging ideas on a series of initial steps", said one United States official quoted by Reuters.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there would be no direct meeting between Iran and the United States as signatories gather Tuesday.


Russia's ambassador to worldwide organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted that Friday's session went well and the parties were prepared to talk further.

This is the beginning of what is expected to be a long process of negotiations to bring the Iran and the USA back into compliance with the deal. "The stakeholders seem to be ready for that", Ulyanov said. Japan, South Korea and India, all aligned with the United States, mostly complied with Trump's sanctions.

He stated that the agreements "will ultimately allow Iraq to develop its energy self-sufficiency and, we hope, to end its reliance on Iran". The U.S.in turn has demanded that Iran return to full compliance with its obligations under the deal.

China has remained the top, if diminished, buyer of Iranian oil since Trump imposed unilateral U.S. sanctions in 2018 to warn all countries against buying from the clerical state.

The country now has enough enriched uranium to make a bomb but nowhere near the amount it had before the nuclear deal was signed.

Under that temporary agreement, Iran will no longer share surveillance footage of its nuclear facilities with the IAEA but it has promised to preserve the tapes for three months.

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