Iran to Hold Talks with IAEA in Austria

Iran to Hold Talks with IAEA in Austria

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian delegation is going to travel to Vienna for talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said.

In comments at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart in Tehran on Wednesday, Amirabdollahian said an Iranian delegation will travel to Vienna within the next few days to hold negotiations and strengthen cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He noted that Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and Director General of the IAEA Raffael Grossi agree on plans for interaction between the two sides.

The foreign minister also expressed hope that the UN nuclear agency would focus on technical issues, so that accusations leveled against Iran would be resolved through technical cooperation.

On the talks about the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal and the removal of sanctions against Tehran, Amirabdollahian said that contrary to the contradictory remarks by a number of American officials, the exchange of messages is still in progress.

In parallel with the measures being taken in Vienna, a timetable is being readjusted for the Vienna negotiations and the exchange of messages is underway through the European Union’s coordinator, he stated.

In July 2015, Iran signed JCPOA with world powers, agreeing to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. However, former US president Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the agreement in May 2018 and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to abandon some of the pact's commitments.

The talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal began in Vienna in April 2021 but were suspended in March of this year due to political differences between Tehran and Washington.

The Iranian officials say Tehran needs strong guarantees that it can reap the economic benefits from the deal and the other party will not unilaterally withdraw from it again.

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