Iranian nuclear program.. Tehran announces the resumption of negotiations before the end of next month
Iran announced on Wednesday that it had agreed with the European Union to resume nuclear negotiations before the end of next month, stressing that it would maintain the previous framework for talks.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his country will not resume the Vienna negotiations from the deadlock it reached in the previous rounds.
Abdullahian stressed, in a press conference, that Tehran is determined to enter into nuclear negotiations soon, and that it will maintain the previous framework of the talks at the same time.
For his part, Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri announced that he had agreed with the European Union representative in the nuclear negotiations, Enrique Mora, to resume the Vienna negotiations before the end of next November.
Bagheri clarified, in a tweet, that the date of the next round will be announced next week, describing his discussions in Brussels with the European side as serious and constructive, stressing that they included the necessary files that will be discussed in the negotiations.
The other parties involved in the talks – which include indirect negotiations between the United States and Tehran – have yet to announce their return to the negotiating table.
The effects of the agreement between Iran and Western countries to find a long-term solution to the controversial nuclear program crisis have been canceled since former US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May 2018 and re-imposed severe sanctions.
President Joe Biden announced his readiness to return to the agreement on condition that Iran respect its terms, including full compliance with its terms, which Iran has been accused of repeatedly violating by expanding its nuclear activities, since Washington withdrew from it.
The Vienna talks – which are being conducted through mediators – made little progress, before they stopped following the election of Ibrahim Raisi and were suspended since the past four months.
And the US envoy to the Iranian negotiations, Rob Malley, renewed the warning that the United States has “other options” if Iran proceeds with its nuclear activities, knowing that the Biden administration announced that it prefers diplomacy.