The European Union announced, on Saturday, that the parties negotiating the revival of the nuclear agreement with Iran (JCPOA) will hold a formal meeting in Vienna on Sunday. Iran and six world powers have been negotiating in Vienna since April to find steps for rapprochement between Washington and Tehran.
“The European Union is ready to work with the new Iranian government,” spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell said in Brussels on Saturday evening. Until then, it is important that intensive diplomatic efforts continue to get the JCPOA back on track.
The United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018, despite Iran accepting limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of several foreign sanctions imposed on it. Sunday’s formal meeting takes place more than a week after a new round of talks resumed and is an indication that the talks may be postponed.
Later in the week, officials noted continuing differences on key issues. “The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action # will meet on Sunday, June 20,” Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said on Twitter. “You will decide how to proceed with #ViennaTalks. There is an agreement on reviving the nuclear deal within reach, but it has not yet been struck.”
The remaining contracting parties – Iran, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, Germany and the European Union – will meet at the Vienna Grand Hotel. The US delegation for the talks is in a hotel across the street, where Iran refuses to meet face to face, and other delegations and the European Union act as mediators.
Since former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran, Tehran has taken countermeasures, including increasing enrichment of uranium-235, a potential route to making atomic bombs.
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