Tehran says talks on the 2015 nuclear deal may not resume in 2-3 months

Tehran says talks on the 2015 nuclear deal may not resume in 2-3 months


The resumption of nuclear talks with the world powers is expected to take another two to three months, according to the Tehran Foreign Ministry.

The talks led by the European Union aimed at getting the US back into the 2015 agreement have been going on since Sept.

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The resumption of nuclear talks with the world powers is expected to take another two to three months, according to the Tehran Foreign Ministry.

The talks led by the European Union aimed at getting the US back into the 2015 agreement have been going on since Sept.

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Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed tough sanctions on Iran. In contrast to Trump, his successor Joe Biden wants to include Washington back in the agreement.

Negotiations were previously suspended on June 20, two days after the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential elections in Iran without setting a date for a resumption of the dialogue.

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian appealed to his Iranian counterpart for an “immediate resumption” of the Iranian nuclear talks.

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A spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry said the minister stressed the importance and urgency of an immediate resumption of negotiations, which have been suspended by Iran since June.

“We are not trying to escape from the negotiating table, and the government considers a real negotiation to be a negotiation that produces tangible results that make it possible to guarantee the rights of the Iranian nation,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview on Tuesday evening on state television.

The Vienna talks are “one of the questions on the foreign policy and government agenda,” he said.

“The other party knows very well that the new government will take two to three months to establish itself and make decisions.”

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Raisi succeeded Hassan Rohani, the most important architect of the 2015 agreement on the Iranian side, as president in early August. After parliamentary probation, his government was sworn in on August 26th.

Under the 2015 agreement, Iran was offered a relaxation of sanctions to compensate for UN-monitored restrictions on its nuclear program.

However, after reimposing extensive sanctions following Trump’s withdrawal from the deal three years ago, Iran abandoned most of its commitments in retaliation.

In addition to Great Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, the Vienna talks also include Iran, the other five remaining parties to the CPTPP deal.

The US is taking part in the talks, but has no direct contact with Iran.

(With contributions from agencies)

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