Negotiations began last April between the signatories to the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, but the Vienna negotiations were temporarily suspended after Ibrahim Raisi assumed the presidency of Iran last August.
Tehran announced that it had agreed with the European Union to resume negotiations to revive the Iranian nuclear agreement before the end of next month, stressing that it would maintain the previous framework for talks, while Washington expressed its readiness to return to nuclear negotiations, but stressed that this opportunity will not remain available forever.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his country will not resume the Vienna negotiations from the blockage 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, Ali Bagheri, the Iranian assistant foreign minister, stated 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.
On the other hand, the US State Department confirmed to Al Jazeera Washington’s readiness to return to the Vienna negotiations, noting that it had seen reports about the possible return of Iran to the Vienna negotiations in November, but it did not have any other details on the subject.
However, the US State Department stressed that this opportunity will not remain available forever, with Iran continuing to take provocative steps in the nuclear field, as it described it.
The ministry added that it is still possible to reach an understanding on returning to mutual compliance with the nuclear deal, by resolving the few issues that remained outstanding at the end of the sixth round of talks.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Washington will remain committed to moving forward in the diplomatic track with regard to the Iranian nuclear file, adding in press statements that the framework under which her country is working is still mutual compliance with the nuclear agreement.
And last April, negotiations began between the signatories to the Iranian nuclear agreement signed in 2015, but the Vienna negotiations were temporarily suspended after Ibrahim Raisi assumed the presidency of Iran last August.
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 on Tehran.
US President Joe Biden announced his readiness to return to the agreement on condition that Iran respect its conditions, including full compliance with its terms, which Tehran has been accused of repeatedly violating by expanding its nuclear activities, since Washington withdrew from it.
The Vienna talks – which are conducted through mediators – made little progress, before they stopped after the election of a president and were suspended for the past four months, and the differences center on the extent of restrictions that will be imposed on the Iranian nuclear program, and the type of US sanctions that should be lifted on Tehran.
In a related context, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that the IAEA’s publication of detailed reports on Iran’s nuclear program is unacceptable and contradicts the foundations of international treaties.
Kamal Wendy added that the spread of reports on Iran’s nuclear program is a new policy taken by the agency under pressure from private parties, and said that his country has expressed its displeasure about this matter several times to the agency to no avail.
The spokesman indicated that Tehran would take appropriate steps to stop this behavior, stressing that his country would have to review its dealings with the agency if it continued what he called violating the confidentiality of information obtained during the work of its inspectors in Iran.