Vienna: The European Union announced that the remaining parties to the Iran nuclear agreement will meet in Vienna on Wednesday. Diplomats said that the meeting will conclude the latest round of negotiations on the resumption of the agreement and the discussion will be adjourned for at least one week.
The remaining parties-Iran, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union-held such meetings in the form of a joint committee that interrupted the indirect talks between Iran and the United States on the restoration of full compliance between the two countries and the 2015 Transactions.
The European Union hosted a joint committee meeting in the basement of a luxury hotel and led the shuttle diplomacy between the Iranian envoy and the US delegation in another luxury hotel across the road. Iran refused to hold direct talks with Washington.
“A meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will take place in Vienna today, Wednesday 02 June 2021,” the European Union said in a statement, referring to the Iran nuclear deal by its official name.
The statement gave no time. One delegate said the meeting would be in the early evening and another said 7:30 p.m. (1730 GMT). Other diplomats said the talks, which are in their fifth round and began in April, will adjourn for at least a week.
Iran s top nuclear negotiator said the barriers to the revival of the deal are complicated but not insurmountable.
“Differences have reached a point where everyone believes these differences are not insolvable,” Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state TV ahead of the meeting.
“But the details are important and Iran s firm positions are important to be observed.”
Iran s government spokesman on Tuesday denied that negotiations had stalled with the Islamic Republic s June 18 presidential election less than three weeks away.
“I do not think there will be much delay between today s meeting and the next round of talks. Like in the previous rounds, we will probably return to Vienna after consulting with our capitals,” Araqchi said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency s 35-nation Board of Governors holds a quarterly meeting next week, with a number of the delegates at the nuclear talks due to attend.