U.S., Iran to go to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks – Dources



Officials from Tehran and Washington will visit Vienna next week as part of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Although they will not be holding direct talks, diplomats said on Friday.

Even in the absence of face-to-face discussions, which Tehran has ruled out, the presence of Iran and the United States in the Austrian capital would mark a step forward in efforts to bring all parties back into compliance. the agreement.

The aim was to reach an agreement within two months, said a senior European Union official, the coordinator of the agreement.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to violate some of the pact’s nuclear restrictions.

His successor, Joe Biden, wants to revive the deal, but Washington and Tehran are at odds on who should take the first step.

“Iran and the United States will be in the same city, but not in the same room,” a European diplomatic source said.

A Western diplomat said a shuttle diplomacy approach would be taken.

The talks will aim to create negotiating lists of sanctions the United States could lift and nuclear obligations Iran should meet, the EU official said.

These lists “should get married at some point.

“At the end of the day, we’re approaching this in parallel; I think we can do it in less than two months, ” the official said.

He was speaking after Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain – all parties to the 2015 deal – held virtual talks on Friday to see how to move forward.

“Objective: to quickly finalize the lifting of sanctions and nuclear measures for the choreographed removal of all sanctions, followed by Iran to cease corrective measures,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.

“No Iran-US meeting; unnecessary, ” he added.

An Iranian official said US envoy to Iran Rob Malley and national security adviser Jake Sullivan would be in Vienna, but insisted there would be no direct meetings or indirect between Iranian and American officials.

US officials were not immediately available for comment.

“If we don’t get there in two months, we’ll see what happens, but it will definitely be bad news,” the EU official said.

Under the deal, the United States and other economic sanctions against Tehran were lifted in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to make it harder to develop a nuclear weapon – an ambition Tehran denies.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said it is good for talks to resume, but time is running out.

“An agreement that would again be fully respected would be a plus for the security of the whole region and the best basis for discussions on other important issues of regional stability,” he said in a statement. (Reuters / NAN)


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