Outstanding issues in Vienna talks require decision by US (Iranian FM) – Reuters

In a telephone conversation on Saturday, Amirabdollahian and his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmes discussed issues of common interest, with the two urging stronger economic and trade ties between Tehran and Brussels.

Underlining the importance of Iran’s relations with Belgium in terms of bilateral ties and the presence of European and international institutions in the European country, Amirabdollahian described as positive the good relations between Tehran and Brussels, based on mutual respect. .

Referring to the talks in Vienna between Iran and the P4+1 group and the progress made in the negotiations, he stressed that the settlement of some outstanding issues requires a decision by the United States.

Amirabdollahian said the matter was being considered by the EU representative, the Foreign Ministry website reported.

For her part, the Belgian Foreign Minister highlighted parliamentary cooperation and certain agreements between Belgium and Iran.

Wilmes also described the close bilateral cooperation between the two nations as vital for the development of economic ties and the resolution of some existing problems.

Iran and the other participants in the JCPOA have been holding talks in Vienna since April last year with the aim of reviving the agreement 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.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on Dec. 27 with a focus on lifting all sanctions the United States had imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA. The United States is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its 2018 withdrawal from the Iran deal.

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