A senior Russian diplomat stressed that the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program is a priority task.
Speaking on Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of the Iranian nuclear agreement reached on July 14, 2015, Russian Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said there are no grounds for pessimistic evaluations of the situation around the JCPOA and its future yet.
Though, there shouldn’t be any heightened expectations, added Ulyanov, who heads the Russian delegation at the consultations on reviving the JCPOA.
“There are no grounds for a pessimistic evaluation of the situation or a pessimistic future outlook. Above all, because all participants of the talks, including the Iranians, are indicating that they positively evaluate the work that had already been accomplished and agree that it should be continued,” he told TASS.
“This doesn’t mean that the talks will be easy. However, there is definitely an intent to continue them.”
On June 20, 2021, negotiators working on reviving the Iranian nuclear deal took a break in order to hold consultations in their capitals in preparation for the final round of the talks. The beginning of the seventh round has not yet been scheduled.
The face-to-face talks between Iran and the international “group of five” (Russia, the UK, Germany, China, and France) have been underway in Vienna since April in order to revive the Iranian nuclear deal in its initial form, through lifting Washington’s sanctions against Iran, implementing nuclear obligations by Tehran, and returning the US to the deal.
The representatives of the JCPOA member states are also holding separate consultations with the US delegation without Iranian participation. All the delegations were initially planning to finish working at the end of May, and then – in early June.
Source: Iranian media