New Draft Document Appears at Hand in Vienna

New Draft Document Appears at Hand in Vienna

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The parties engaged in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal have apparently concluded a new draft document in accordance with Iran’s demands which, if finalized, will provide a basis for further negotiations.

Tasnim has learnt that the negotiators from Iran and the P4+1 (Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany) have reached a new draft document in the course of talks in Vienna.

It appears that Iran’s views have been featured in the draft document, which, once finalized, will be the basis for the future negotiations.

The parties in Vienna are going to convene a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission on Friday for a conclusion of the recent negotiations and for further coordination on how to proceed with the talks.

Afterwards, the negotiation parties are scheduled to return to their respective capitals, as the talks are expected to resume after a 10-day hiatus.

The delegations representing the European troika are going to leave Vienna for London, Paris and Berlin for consultations, while the “major progress” that has been made with regard to the texts would prevent the EU3 from accusing Iran of lack of seriousness or killing time.

Iran maintains that if the European parties adopt a constructive approach after returning from their capitals for the resumption of talks, an agreement will be achievable within a short span of time.

In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Baqeri, said that following his consultations with other delegations in Vienna, he has held a meeting with Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service for Political Affairs Enrique Mora on Thursday “to take stock of the situation & discuss the way forward.”

“We have made good progress this week. We will convene a Joint Commission today & will continue talks after a break of a few days,” Baqeri added.

The JCPOA was abandoned by former US president Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called a “maximum pressure” campaign, which failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal.”

Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China -- began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing the sanctions after the US, under President Joe Biden, voiced its willingness to return to the agreement.

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