The indirect talks between Iran and the United States are expected to resume after the EU foreign policy chief visits Tehran to resolve the impasse.
Tehran, Iran – Iran and the European Union agreed during a visit by the bloc’s foreign policy chief to resume nuclear talks with the United States which have stalled since March.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and the EU’s Josep Borrell announced at a press conference after a “long but positive” meeting on Saturday that they had agreed that the indirect talks between Tehran and Washington to reinstate their 2015 nuclear deal would resume in days.
Amirabdollahian told reporters that for Iran what matters most is that it gets to enjoy all the economic benefits it was promised under the original deal.
“Whatever problem may [negatively] Iran’s economic benefits will not be pleasant” for Iran and the government of President Ebrahim Raisi, he said.
“We hope, in particular, that the U.S. side this time will realistically and fairly engage in committed and responsible actions to reach the end point of an agreement.”
Borrell also welcomed the resumption of talks, saying a restored nuclear deal would benefit the region and the world.
He also said he would like to return to Iran in the future, presumably when US sanctions are lifted, to further discuss the “strong potential” for expanding trade and energy ties between Iran and the EU.
The revived talks will aim to “resolve the remaining outstanding issues”, he said in a series of tweets after the press conference, without giving further details.
Borrell and his deputy Enrique Mora arrived in Tehran on Friday evening and met on Saturday with Amirabdollahian and chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani. Borrell was also due to have a meeting with Iranian security chief Ali Shamkhani later on Saturday.
Iran and the United States – which unilaterally abandoned the accord in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and imposed harsh sanctions – were at an impasse over how to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ( JCPOA) – as the nuclear deal is officially known – since March.
While the question of whether a ‘foreign terrorist organization’ designation on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will be lifted remains a major sticking point, the two sides have continued to publicly call on the other to make concessions.
Amirabdollahian announced last week that Iran had made a new proposal to the United States to advance the talks. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not give details, but said the new offer had been conveyed by the EU and two foreign ministers whom he did not name.
Borrell and Mora’s visit comes days after their meeting with Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, during which Malley “reiterated the firm commitment of the United States to return to the agreement”, according to a tweet from Mora.
France, one of the signatories to the JCPOA, on Friday urged Iran to take advantage of the visit of European leaders and conclude the talks now “as long as it is still possible”.
The United States and its European allies who signed the agreement – France, Germany and the United Kingdom – presented a resolution earlier this month to the board of directors of the International Security Agency. Atomic Energy (IAEA) to censor Iran over its nuclear advances, which passed.
Soon after, Iran removed 27 IAEA surveillance cameras that were subject to the JCPOA and began installing advanced IR-6 centrifuges at its Natanz and Fordow sites, saying it would not back down. pressure.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi has warned the move poses a threat to the agency’s knowledge continuity and could deal a ‘fatal blow’ to efforts to revive the JCPOA if it is not there. not remedied.
Grossi’s request to travel to Tehran to discuss the surveillance issue has so far not been granted.
Iran now enriches uranium to 60% purity, but maintains that it will never seek a nuclear weapon.