VIENNA (AP) – More talks between Iran and world powers were planned on Sunday to try to negotiate and restore a landmark 2015 deal to contain Iranian nuclear development that was later abandoned by the Trump administration.
High-level diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and Great Britain will meet at a hotel in the Austrian capital.
Russia’s top representative Mikhail Ulyanov wrote in a tweet on Saturday that members of the members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, “will decide the way forward at the Vienna talks. An agreement on the restoration of the nuclear agreement is within our reach, but has not yet been finalized. “
The United States did not have a representative at the table when diplomats met in Vienna because former US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the country out of the agreement in 2018. Trump also restored and increased sanctions to try to force Iran to do so. renegotiate the pact with more concessions.
However, the administration of US President Joe Biden has indicated its willingness to rejoin the agreement on terms that would, by and large, see the United States reduce sanctions and Iran return to 2015 nuclear commitments. The US delegation in Vienna participates in indirect talks with Iran, with diplomats from the other world powers acting as intermediaries.
Sunday’s meeting is the first since Iran’s hardline judicial chief won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential elections earlier this week.
The election of Ebrahim Raisi places the hardliners in firm control throughout the government at a time when Tehran is enriching uranium to its highest levels in history, albeit still below weapons grade levels. Tensions remain high with both the United States and Israel, which is believed to have carried out a series of attacks on Iranian nuclear sites and assassinated the scientist who created its military atomic program decades earlier.
Raisi has also become the first sitting Iranian president to be sanctioned by the US government even before taking office, for his involvement in the 1988 mass executions, as well as for his time as head of Iran’s judiciary, criticized internationally, one of the world’s leading executioners.