May 9, 2021


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Diplomats reported progress in talks on Iran’s nuclear deal

Diplomats from Britain, China, Germany, France and Russia have made progress in talks with the United States on a nuclear deal with Iran, but say more work is needed to secure a future deal.

Following the meeting on Saturday, Russia’s top envoy, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted that members of the Joint Action Plan (JCC) had “seen an undeniable progress today in the resumption of talks in Vienna.”

“The Joint Commission will be back next weekend,” Mr. Ulyanov wrote. In the meantime, experts will continue to draft future agreements. ”

“It’s time to rejoice, but we have reason to be cautious and optimistic. There is no deadline, but participants are expected to complete the discussion successfully within approximately 3 weeks.

The three Western European countries that participated in the discussion made more restrictive notes.

“We have a lot of work to do and we have little time left. In light of this, senior diplomats said they hoped for more progress this week.

We have not yet reached a consensus on the most important issues. Success is by no means guaranteed, but it is not impossible.

The State Department in Washington did not immediately comment on the report. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US talks since Thursday have not changed, but that the agreement has been finalized and is guaranteed.


Russia’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mikhail Walyanov addresses a news conference after leaving the conference (Lisa Lutherner / AP)

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragch attends talks in Vienna.

He told Iran’s state television: “I can say that our talks have now matured on both sides of the aisle. Communication is still in its infancy, but it is slowly but surely moving forward.

The United States was not represented at the main table in Vienna, as former President Donald Trump pulled the country out of the deal. Mr Trump has tried to force Iran to renegotiate the deal.

President Joe Biden, however, wants to rejoin the agreement, and a US delegation in Vienna has been holding indirect talks with other world diplomats and visiting Iran.


Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Wang Kuhn leaves the talks (Lisa Lutherner / AP)

There are current and former US officials and others familiar with the matter, as well as former BJP officials who are trying to persuade Iran to adhere to its nuclear deal.

Mr Ulyanov said members of the JCPOA had met side by side with US officials, but that the Iranian delegation was not ready to meet with US diplomats.

The nuclear deal promises economic incentives for Iran to impose sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program.

The re-imposition of US sanctions has shaken the economy of the Islamic Republic. In a bid to force other countries to ease sanctions, Tehran has repeatedly increased its uranium enrichment and accumulated uranium reserves.

The ultimate goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and she has made clear what she does not want to do. Iran now has enough uranium to build a bomb, but it is nowhere near what it had before the signing of the nuclear deal.