US, Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 6, 2021

The meetings, hosted by the European Union, will work toward two separate agreements - on how the USA and Iran can both return to compliance with the deal's terms.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018, re-imposing strict USA sanctions on Iran's economy and government. He said the agenda would focus on the "nuclear steps" that Iran would need to take to restore its compliance with the JCPOA and the "sanctions relief steps" that the US would need to take to rejoin the deal.

New details have emerged about Tuesday's planned diplomatic talks in Vienna to try to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, including the apparent venues where representatives of world powers are to have separate meetings with USA and Iranian delegations.

Washington, for example, could unfreeze Iranian funds held in foreign banks to facilitate humanitarian trade, and Tehran could stop enriching uranium beyond the levels agreed in the 2015 accord, said Davenport.

"All sanctions should be lifted", he added.

Price tried to downplay expectations for the Vienna talks, saying the USA does not anticipate early or immediate breakthroughs. Price said the USA does not anticipate direct talks with Iran but remains open to them. These are early days.

USA special envoy for Iran Rob Malley will lead the delegation, which will meet with European, Chinese and Russian counterparts.

While there is no face-to-face meeting planned with Iran, the USA still "remains open" to one, according to Price.

US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to reverse the decision of his predecessor Donald Trump and return to the 2015 agreement, which was supposed to ensure that Iran never developed a military nuclear programme.

"What is promising about the Vienna talks is there seems to be an understanding now by both the Biden administration and the Iranians that neither side is going to go first".

"If we're realistic about what both sides have to do. we could get there", he told United States broadcaster PBS.

The two likely venues for the talks will be the Austrian capital's Hotel Imperial and Grand Hotel Vienna, according to VOA Persian.

The United States will join talks in Austria's capital, Vienna aimed at salvaging an worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear programme, which Washington had breached in 2018. Iran insists its full compliance will only take place once US sanctions are removed.

They're prepared to grant billions and billions of dollars in sanctions relief and the question is how well are they going to be to really be willing to crack the whip and demand that the Iranians strengthen this deal as well as address some of their really malign activities that weren't part of this deal at all.

"We certainly will not entertain unilateral gestures or concessions to get Iran - to induce Iran to a better place", Price said during the department's daily press briefing.

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