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Iran nuclear deal parties to conclude latest round of talks in Vienna

  • Published at 08:09 pm June 2nd, 2021
European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora, Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi and Iran's ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog Kazem Gharibabadi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria May 1, 2021 Reuters

The European Union is chairing the talks and leading shuttle diplomacy between Iranian envoys and the United States delegation

The European Union announced that the parties of the Iran nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Wednesday to wrap the latest rounds of talks on reviving the deal and adjourning discussions for at least a week.

The European Union is chairing the talks and leading shuttle diplomacy between Iranian envoys and the United States delegation. 

The EU will chair the meeting in the basement of two different luxury hotels, as Iran refuses to hold direct talks with Washington.

The meeting will follow a format known as the Joint Commission with remaining party members such as Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and the European Union to punctuate indirect talks between Iran and the United States on both countries returning to full compliance with the 2015 deal.

"A meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will take place in Vienna today, Wednesday 02 June 2021," the European Union said in a statement, referring to the Iran nuclear deal by its official name.

While their official statement did not give a time, one delegate said the meeting would take place in the early evening and another said in the afternoon.

Diplomats said the talks, which are in their fifth round and began in April, will adjourn for at least a week.

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said the barriers to comply with the deal are complicated, but not insurmountable.

“Differences have reached a point where everyone believes these differences are not insolvable,” Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, told Iranian state TV ahead of the meeting.

“But the details are important and Iran's firm positions are important to be observed.”

Iran's government spokesman on Tuesday denied that negotiations had been stalled due to their June 18 presidential election less than three weeks away.

"I do not think there will be much delay between today's meeting and the next round of talks. Like in the previous rounds, we will probably return to Vienna after consulting with our capitals," Araqchi said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation Board of Governors holds a quarterly meeting next week, with a number of the delegates at the nuclear talks due to attend. 

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