Jun 1, 2021, 10:49 AM
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What is going on in 5th round of Vienna talks?

Tehran, June 1, IRNA - The fifth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is part of a set of meetings to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and hopes are mounting while there are still certain differences.

The nuclear talks, which kicked off in Vienna, the capital city of Austria this spring, could not yet result in an agreement among all negotiating teams, including the P4+1 group (the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany) and Iran.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's top negotiator and deputy foreign minister, underlined that the negotiations are very complicated and that they are reviewing the main issues of disagreement.

Emphasizing the fact that the path has been good, he expressed hope that the parties may reach a conclusion in this round of negotiations; although, he himself is not sure; however, they will continue talks.  

***Hope for successful negotiations

The fifth round of the Vienna talks is going on following advancements achieved in previous rounds of negotiations in a bid to revive the JCPOA.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has recently stated that other signatories to the nuclear deal have come to Vienna in order to negotiate and lift all main sanctions and that the meetings are about minor issues because they have agreed upon lifting of sanctions on Iranian oil, petrochemical, shipping, insurance, banking sectors.

The other side has also shown an optimistic stance. Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Action Enrique Mora, who coordinates the Vienna talks, said that he is sure there will be reached a consensus on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, but he cannot predict the exact time.

***Disagreements on reviving JCPOA

Despite the fact that both sides are coming closer to the revival of the nuclear agreement, there are certain differences. According to experts, the main differences are about what kind of US sanctions should be lifted and what are Iran's steps to return to its commitments under the deal. Time arrangements are among the other reciprocal actions that should be done by Washington and Tehran.

Observers believe that the Biden administration stands against lifting all sanctions mentioned by Iran because President Joe Biden is facing pressure from republican senators on this issue.

Certain regimes in West Asia also put pressure on Biden to stop reviving the nuclear deal.

The Biden administration is expected to stop playing a game because the one-month deadline between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran over inspectors’ access to Iranian nuclear facilities is coming to an end.

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