Iran and United States 'to hold indirect nuclear talks in Vienna next week'


The European Union announced Friday an in-person meeting in Vienna of all parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, from which former president Donald Trump withdrew.

"We do not anticipate presently that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through this process, though the United States remains open to them", he said.

The meeting of the deal's Joint Commission would also discuss how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides.

On the same day, an anonymous source allegedly familiar with the negotiating process, told Iran's PressTV that Tehran had stressed in a virtual meeting with other JCPOA signatories that it will not return to nuclear accord compliance unless the United States lifts all sanctions.

Washington (CNN)The members of the Iran nuclear deal and the United States will visit Vienna next week in the first effort to kickstart face-to-face negotiations to salvage the pact since the Biden administration came into office, a senior administration official said.

The US is speaking to partners "about the best way to achieve this, including through a series of initial mutual steps", Price said.

The commission will meet relevant experts to "to clearly identify sanctions lifting and nuclear implementation measures".

Russia's ambassador to worldwide organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted that Friday's session went well and the parties were prepared to talk further. The Biden administration and Iran have differed on any conditions for that to happen, including the timing of the lifting of USA sanctions against Iran.

Regarding the agreement between Iran and China, the current U.S. sanctions against Iran remain in place and the United States will consider any attempt to evade sanctions, he also claimed. According to him, one group of representatives will be dealing with the issues of lifting sanctions, while the other will be working on the practical steps to resolve nuclear issues pertaining to JCPOA compliance.

Friday's meeting was chaired by the EEAS deputy secretary-general, Enrique Mora.

The U.S. and Iran have been in a standoff over reviving the nuclear deal.

US President Joe Biden signalled his interest in returning to the Iran nuclear deal during his election campaign.