Iran’s nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri will travel Thursday to Brussels to follow up on talks with the European Union on reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman announced Monday.
Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a press statement that after the Tehran talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Bagheri will go to “Brussels to discuss unresolved issues,” referring to the talks that took place last week in Tehran with European negotiator Enrique Mora.
Mora had met Bagheri on Thursday for hours in the Iranian capital. At the time, he talked about the possibility of holding a “bilateral” meeting between the Iranians and the European Union, which is coordinating the negotiations.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman only referred to talks with the European Union, and not with the five countries that are still signatories to the nuclear agreement, noting that an Iranian lawmaker misrepresented on Sunday the statements of Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian that the Brussels talks would be with the 4+1 group.
This refers to four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (France, Britain, Russia and China), in addition to Germany.
The European Union’s media office, in response to AFP’s questions on Sunday, was unable to confirm whether the meeting would be held Thursday in Brussels between Iran and the 4+1 group.
“The goal remains the resumption of the Vienna negotiations as soon as possible,” an EU spokeswoman said.
Khatibzadeh said Monday that “the obstacles and challenges that led to the failure to achieve results in the six rounds of the Vienna talks will be discussed.”
Negotiations, which began in April in Vienna and in which the United States participates indirectly, to save the nuclear agreement by returning the Americans to it, have been suspended since June.
The 2015 agreement was concluded in Vienna between the Islamic Republic and the 5+1 group (China, the United States, France, Britain, Russia and Germany, plus the European Union). It provides for relief from international sanctions in exchange for restricting Iran’s nuclear program and guarantees that it will not develop an atomic bomb.
Washington, under President Donald Trump, withdrew from the agreement unilaterally in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran that the agreement stipulated be lifted. In return, Tehran gradually abandoned the limitations of the agreement.
The new US President, Joe Biden, expressed his readiness to return to the agreement, provided that Iran resumes its commitments in parallel.
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