After conducting virtual talks on Friday aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear pact, Iranian and European officials announced that they would meet next Tuesday in Vienna to negotiate the fraught agreement.
Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom – all signatories to the 2015 agreement – met on Friday to discuss the possibility of the US rejoining the agreement and how to ensure its complete and consistent adoption by all parties.
After “frank and serious” negotiations, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, a senior negotiator in the talks, told Iranian television that the negotiators had agreed to meet in person in Vienna on Tuesday.
The meeting was also confirmed by two European diplomatic outlets.
The Biden administration has been attempting to involve Iran in discussions about all parties returning to full compliance with the agreement. In exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program to make it tougher to develop a nuclear bomb – an aim Tehran rejects – the US and other economic sanctions against Tehran were lifted.
President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, pulled out of the bargain in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions, leading Iran to retaliate by breaking some of the pact’s nuclear prohibitions after waiting more than a year.
According to Western leaders, the US and Iran are yet to agree to meet to discuss reviving the agreement, and are speaking indirectly through European nations. The conference will take place in the midst of an Easter lockdown in Vienna, which is meant to alleviate hospital stresses caused by a rise in coronavirus cases.