Iran Rules Out ‘Initial Deal’ in Vienna Talks

Iran Rules Out ‘Initial Deal’ in Vienna Talks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – No such thing as an “initial agreement” is going to come out of the JCPOA talks in Vienna, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh dismissed the notion of “an initial agreement” in the course of talks in Vienna for the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“No agreement will be made unless all of the conditions are met,” he added.

The spokesman said the negotiations for resuscitating the 2015 nuclear deal are still in progress, as three separate working groups are dealing with respective cases.

“A remarkable percentage of the outstanding issues has been (addressed) in those working groups, while some percent (of more progress) would require political decisions,” he added.  

Iran is ready to attend a new meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna if necessary, Khatibzadeh stated.

The most recent round of JCPOA negotiations that have begun on April 6 examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and the US’ likely return to it.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.

The JCPOA Joint Commission meetings are attended by the heads of delegations from the remaining parties to the deal, namely Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany.

In addition, three working groups that focus on nuclear issues, the removal of sanctions, and the JCPOA implementation arrangements have held several meetings in Vienna in recent weeks.

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