EU says Iran nuclear talks will reconvene next week

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20 April 2021

Talks between Iran, the US and four world powers aimed at restoring the 2015 nuclear agreement will reconvene next week, senior officials said in Vienna on Tuesday, APA reports citing Anadolu.

“Progress made over the last two weeks. But much more hard work needed,” Enrique Mora, deputy secretary general of the European External Action Service, tweeted. “Third expert group was created to address sequencing issues,” he added, reiterating that “diplomacy is only way forward for the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) to address ongoing challenges.”

The JCPOA refers to the 2015 nuclear agreement sealed in Vienna between five world powers (the US, UK, Russia, China and France) plus Germany and Iran.

The six countries are continuing to discuss ways in the Austrian capital geared at reviving the deal, which then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned in May 2018.

The US delegation is not participating in the meeting with the other world powers as Tehran refuses to directly negotiate with Washington until sanctions are lifted.