US, Iran say they'll begin indirect talks on nuclear program

US, Iran say they'll begin indirect talks on nuclear program

Officials announced the in-person gathering in the Austrian capital after a videoconference on Friday led by the European Union, which is the administrator of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran, in turn, refused to give in to America's demands, stressing that these "violations" were "remedial measures" introduced by Tehran in response to Washington's withdrawal from the JCPOA under President Trump on 8 May 2018. The Biden administration has said that if Iran returns to full compliance with the JCPOA, the US would do the same.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that "we obviously welcome this as a positive step".

World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference Friday (2 April) to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, in talks mediated by the EU.

The group said they would resume further talks Tuesday in Vienna on the 2015 agreement, "in order to clearly identify sanctions lifting and nuclear implementation measures".

Iranian state television quoted Abbas Araghchi, Iran's nuclear negotiator at the virtual meeting, as saying during Friday's discussions meeting that any "return by the the nuclear deal does not require any negotiation and the path is quite clear".

Russia's ambassador to global organisations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said "the impression is that we are on the right track but the way ahead will not be easy and will require intensive efforts".

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there would be no direct meeting between Iran and the United States as signatories gather Tuesday.

While U.S. officials will be present in Vienna, Iran as yet seems unwilling to engage directly with Washington.

Regarding the agreement between Iran and China, the current U.S. sanctions against Iran remain in place and the United States will consider any attempt to evade sanctions, he also claimed.

AgenciesTwo diplomatic sources said Britain, France and Germany had already held talks with Iran on Monday.

Tehran has said that it would resume its own compliance with the JCPOA once the lifting of sanctions has been verified.

Iran's most recent breaches of the deal are seen as part of a campaign to pressure US President Joe Biden to make the first move in reviving the JCPOA.

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