Senior officials from the governments of Iran, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, China, the United States and the European Union will all be in the same city. The senior government official said that U.S. and Iranian officials will not meet directly, but the U.S. team plans to meet officials from other countries that have signed the agreement. The official said that it is not yet clear how long the meeting will last.
On Friday, the Joint Committee of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear agreement, met in the absence of the United States and confirmed that another meeting will be held in Vienna next week.
The committee will meet with relevant experts to “clearly determine sanctions lifting and nuclear enforcement measures.”
The Biden administration stated that discussions in Vienna will focus on determining the actions that the United States and Iran need to take in order to re-comply with the Iran agreement, including the lifting of sanctions.
“The main issues that will be discussed are the nuclear steps that Iran needs to take to restore compliance with the terms of the JCPOA, and the sanctions relief steps that the United States needs to take to restore compliance,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price (Ned Price) Zhou Five means.
The Obama administration has previously stated that it will not lift sanctions just to get Iran into the negotiating table, but they have returned some obstacles to the Trump administration’s diplomatic exchanges.
In February, the United States informed the UN Security Council that it was reversing the Trump administration’s unilateral efforts to regain UN sanctions on Iran and lifted the Trump administration’s restrictions on Iranian diplomats’ travel to the UN.
Price added: “Although the United States is still open to them, we currently do not expect the United States and Iran to engage in direct dialogue through this process.” “These are still in their infancy, and we don’t expect immediate breakthroughs because the future will Hard discussions. But we think this is a healthy step forward.”
Price said the Vienna talks will begin on Tuesday.
In 2018, then President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the deal, which was designed to contain Iran’s nuclear program. President Joe Biden said that once Tehran resumes full compliance with the agreement under the agreement, the United States will rejoin the nuclear agreement.
This is the beginning of a long negotiation process for Iran and the United States to re-comply with the agreement.
This meeting was held before Iran or the United States took any concrete actions to save or restore compliance with the agreement.
Friday’s news came after a meeting of the Joint Commission (which the United States did not attend) held earlier in the day, which “discussed the prospects of the United States’ possible return to the JCPOA and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the UN Charter.” . Agreement reached by the parties”, according to a statement made by the European Union on Thursday.
Price called Friday’s joint committee meeting a “positive step.”
Price said at the State Department briefing on Thursday: “For several weeks, we have clearly known that we are ready to resume compliance with our JCPOA commitments, and Iran has done the same.” “We have also been working with P5 + 1 And the fact that partners elsewhere discussed the best way to achieve this goal, including through a series of initial mutual steps.”
He said: “We are always looking for options to do this, including indirect dialogue through our European partners.”
Since the United States abandoned the agreement in May 2018, the Iranian government has increasingly violated its commitment to the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, while the Trump administration has continued to impose “maximum pressure” sanctions on Tehran.
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a tweet that a direct meeting between the United States and Iran was “unnecessary.”
He said: “At the virtual JCPOA JC meeting, Iran and EU/E3+2 agreed to resume face-to-face talks in Vienna next Tuesday.” “Goal: to quickly finalize customized sanctions and nuclear measures, and lift all sanctions in a well-designed way. Iran subsequently stopped taking remedial measures.”
CNN’s Nic Robertson contributed to this report.