A meeting of all contracting parties in Vienna is intended to help revitalize the nuclear deal with Iran. The US government is open, but cannot undo the Trump years.
According to the Foreign Ministry, Iran will not negotiate with the US at the new nuclear meeting in Vienna. “We will not speak to the USA either directly or indirectly in Vienna,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. He rejected media reports that there would also be indirect negotiations between the two political archenemies on Tuesday.
Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally terminated the 2015 Vienna nuclear deal. The remaining contractual partners are China, Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia. Tuesday’s meeting marks the first serious attempt to save the nuclear deal with Iran since US President Joe Biden took office.
Iran sets conditions for a return to the treaty
“Iran’s policy in this regard is clear and simple: the US must return to the Vienna nuclear agreement, fulfill the deal in accordance with the treaty and, accordingly, lift the sanctions against Iran,” said Araghchi on state television. As soon as this is the case, Iran will also stick to the agreements in the deal again, said the deputy minister and head of the Iranian delegation at the talks in Vienna.
The spokeswoman for US President Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, said on Friday that the talks at the working level should clarify which steps Iran would have to take back in expanding its nuclear program and which sanctions the US would have to lift in order to allow a return to the agreement . “At the moment we do not expect that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran in this process, although we are certainly still ready for this,” said Psaki.
One EU representative expected the effort to take more than two weeks but less than two months. From an Iranian point of view, the planned course of the meeting in Vienna was described by Araghchi as follows: “We will only have technical talks with 4 + 1 (the remaining contractual partners) about a return of the USA to the deal.” The representatives of the five states should then forward the results to the USA. “How you do it, whether you will be successful or not, that is all your business and not ours,” said the deputy minister.