Vienna talks on Iran’s nuclear program resumed

Vienna talks on Iran's nuclear program resumed

IThe nuclear talks started in Vienna on Thursday after a month-long break Iran been resumed. Initially, individual negotiators from Iran, Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia and China met for bilateral talks at the working level. The European Union, which is represented by its top diplomat Enrique Mora, is leading the conversation.

American chief negotiator Robert Malley has also traveled to Vienna, but it remains the case that the Iranians do not want to speak directly to the Americans since the United States, under former President Donald Trump, has left the country nuclear agreement of 2015 (JCPOA) had opted out and imposed sanctions. Since then, the Iranian side has also violated all the specifications and restrictions for its nuclear program and has enriched uranium to just before it is ready for weapons.

Washington has low expectations

The current talks are about finding a way for all sides to once again comply with the provisions of the JCPOA. A largely negotiated draft for a renewed agreement has been on the table since March. But the talks have stalled since then. The reason for this is the geopolitical framework since Russia invaded Ukraine. In addition, Washington and Tehran recently argued that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are on American terrorist lists – even if that actually has nothing directly to do with the nuclear program and the JCPOA.

Malley announced in advance that his expectations of success at the negotiating table in Vienna were limited. We applaud the efforts of EU and have the best of intentions – whether that is also the case on the Iranian side will soon become clear, the American special representative tweeted. Conversely, Tehran reported that the Americans had an obligation to deliver, since they had originally left the JCPOA.

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