After a five-month hiatus, Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers have resumed in the Austrian capital, Vienna. The United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement signed in 2015, three years ago.
Representatives from China, Russia, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran met on Monday (November 29th). At the end of the meeting, their message will be sent to the US delegation. The Iranian delegation did not agree to hold direct talks with the United States.
On the first day of the meeting, participants are expected to agree on a general roadmap to move forward with future discussions.
Incumbent US President Biden is keen to lift sanctions if Iran breaks its promises. But Iran wants the United States to take the first step in lifting sanctions.
The Iranian delegation said its main goal in the talks would be to focus on lifting sanctions, not the nuclear issue. That is why a strong delegation of 40 economic officials has been formed.
Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s chief negotiator, said in an article on Sunday that the West would have to pay a price for the US withdrawal from the Iran deal.
“Like any other business, a contract is a contract, and anyone who violates it will have to pay the price,” he said.
Meanwhile, Iran will not hold any bilateral meeting with US representatives at the Vienna meeting on the nuclear deal. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks at a news conference on Monday (November 29th).
An EU official presiding over Iran’s nuclear talks said he had met on Sunday with Chinese, Russian and Iranian negotiators. He is scheduled to hold meetings with European and US representatives before formal talks begin.
The seventh round of talks between the two sides is scheduled to take place in Vienna. In a Twitter post, Eric Mora, deputy secretary general of the European Foreign Service, said extensive preparations were under way.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has expressed frustration that the United States may be preparing to lift sanctions on Iran.
He made the remarks on Sunday (November 26th) ahead of talks in Vienna on restoring Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers.
The Israeli prime minister said Israel was “deeply concerned” about the United States’ willingness to lift sanctions. This will create billions of dollars in the country in exchange for inadequate sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program.
“This is the message we want to send to other countries, including the United States, in every case,” he said.
After a long five-month shutdown, talks between Iran and the United States, with the participation of France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and Germany, are set to begin in Vienna on Monday.
Occupying Israel strongly opposes a nuclear deal with Iran. Israel does not want the United States to return to the agreement under President Joe Biden’s administration.