Negotiators continue JCPOA talks in Vienna – Politics News
Iran and the other participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have been holding talks in the Austrian capital since April last year in a bid to revive the accord by bringing the United States into full compliance.
The United States left the JCPOA in May 2018 under former President Donald Trump. The Vienna talks began on Trump’s successor Joe Biden’s promise to join the deal and repeal the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran. Biden, however, has so far failed to undo Trump’s own loss of Barack Obama’s Iran policy, which led to the JCPOA in June 2015.
In response to the US withdrawal, Iran began to reduce its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA in 2019. Tehran maintains that it will reverse its nuclear measures once the United States – the main responsible for the JCPOA’s fragile status – will lift their sanctions and respect all of its contractual commitments in practice.
On Saturday, Iran’s chief negotiator at the Vienna talks Ali Baqeri and Enrique Mora, European Union deputy foreign policy chief and head of the JCPOA joint committee, held talks while other delegates also hold separate meetings.
Bilateral and multilateral expert-level talks have also taken place between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries, with a focus on removing all US sanctions imposed on Tehran following the his withdrawal from the JCPOA, Press TV reported.
Iran’s chief negotiator met separately on Friday with Mora and the head of the Russian negotiating team Mikhail Ulyanov.
Senior officials from the EU, the US and the P4+1 group of countries also discussed the latest situation regarding the lifting of sanctions against Iran.
The eighth round of the Vienna talks began Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all US sanctions. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.