May 01, 2021 20:10 UTC
  • In Vienna, Iran, P4+1 agree to continue talks with more speed, seriousness

Representatives of Iran and the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have agreed to continue the next round of Vienna talks with more speed and seriousness.

High-ranking diplomats from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries – France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia – wrapped up the third round of negotiations in Vienna on Saturday, IRNA reported.

The Vienna talks focus on reviving the JCPOA by bringing the United States back into the accord and lifting all sanctions that Washington has imposed on Tehran.

The third round of talks started on Tuesday and was resumed on Saturday to review several days of technical discussions held within three working groups created in the areas of lifting the US sanctions against Iran and the nuclear-related measures required to be taken by Tehran as bids to resuscitate the nuclear agreement.

According to Iran's Foreign Ministry, participants in the Saturday meeting agreed that the delegations would return to their respective capitals to receive instructions and resume talks on Friday.

In a tweet following the meeting, Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov talked of "indisputable progress" made at the talks.

He also said that the JCPOA Joint Commission will reconvene at the end of the next week while "experts will continue to draft elements of future agreement.

The service of EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell issued a statement ahead of the Saturday talks and reiterated that the participants “will continue their discussions in view of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and on how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA."

In a separate tweet on Saturday, the Russian negotiator expressed optimism about the talks but warned about jumping into any conclusion about the negotiations.  

"There is no deadline, but participants aim at successful completion of the talks in approximately 3 weeks," he wrote.

The service of EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell issued a statement ahead of the Saturday talks and reiterated that the participants “will continue their discussions in view of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and on how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA."

The new round of talks was resumed within the framework of intensive bilateral and multilateral meetings and the sides made efforts to minimize the existing differences.

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