JCPOA Talks Pausing For A Few Days Politics

A source close to Iran’s negotiating team said Friday night that parties involved in the Vienna talks would return to their capitals for a break and continue meetings after a few days.

“Given the importance of the pending issues and the need to adopt political decisions, it was agreed that the delegations return to capitals for consultations,” the source said.

Ahead of the break in the eighth round of the Vienna talks, top negotiators from Iran, Russia and China held a trilateral meeting in the Austrian capital.

Diplomats attending the talks described the eighth round of talks as the most intensive which included numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings.

In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, the European External Action Service’s Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, Enrique Mora, said: “The 8th cycle of the #ViennaTalks #JCPOA, which started on December 27, until ‘now the longest, take a break’. Participants will return to the capital for consultations and instructions to return next week. Political decisions are needed now. Bon voyage to all participants.’

The eighth round of talks between Tehran and the other signatories to the 2015 Iran deal is focused on lifting anti-Iranian sanctions.

Iran has already ruled out the possibility of direct talks with the United States, saying it may reconsider that position only if a good deal is at hand to restore the landmark deal.

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