The next round of negotiations on the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program will begin in Vienna this week, said Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna. According to him, there are several more issues that are of fundamental importance for the United States and Iran, but it is still difficult to predict the development of the situation.
“The next round will definitely start this week, although not necessarily on Friday. The assessments of the prospects sound different; the restrained statements of both the Iranian side and the American side draw attention to themselves. This is due to the fact that there are still a number of issues that are of fundamental importance for these two negotiators, ”Mr. Ulyanov told RIA Novosti.
According to him, it is difficult to predict how events will develop, “it is a thankless job.” He noted that the main thing is the presence of an attitude to achieve a successful conclusion of the negotiations. “And how long it will take – we’ll see,” added Mikhail Ulyanov.
Iran signed a JCPOA with five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UK, China, Russia, USA, France) and Germany in 2015. The agreement implied limiting Iran’s nuclear program and temporary restrictions on the sale and purchase of weapons in exchange for lifting international sanctions from this country. In 2018, the United States withdrew from the “nuclear deal” and reinstated sanctions. A year later, Iran began to waive its obligations under the JCPOA. At the talks in Vienna, it is planned to restore the agreement.
Mr. Ulyanov leads the Russian delegation to consultations on the agreement. In early June, he announced that the Vienna talks were making good headway. According to him, the list of steps in the nuclear field that Iran must take to return to its nuclear obligations is almost agreed upon.
More details about the course of the negotiations are in the material of Kommersant “The deadline passed, but the tapes were not erased.”