Vienna talks: IAEA chief says ‘political will’ from all sides needed to revive Iran nuclear deal

…from PressTV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: My, my, color me surprised. I never would has expected the removal of sanctions to have ever been mentioned until it was a done deal. Something else must be going on that we cannot see.

All I can suspect at this point, that would justify this early mention of sanctions removal being viewed as a ‘must do’ item, is that the hinting about other regional issues being dealt with are part of a package deal.

The Iranian elections have been a bump in the road up until this point. But at the end of the day, any Iran political decision will have to be confirmed by the religious leader, and we have no tea leaves to study on that.

The good news is that the talks have not blown up to this point, a sign that such would be a loss for the participants, showing that good faith is still present on the current stage… Jim W. Dean]

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First published … June 16, 2021

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says “political will” is needed from all parties to the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal for the negotiations to come to a conclusion.   

“The discussions that have been going on for weeks have dealt with very complex and delicate technical questions, but what is needed is the political will of the parties,” Rafael Grossi said in an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica published on Wednesday.

The sixth round of talks in the Austrian capital to revive the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), resumed in Vienna on Saturday between Iran and the remaining parties to the accord, namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany.

The US, whose withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018 has put the deal in limbo, is not directly attending the talks as it is no more a party to the agreement, but has held separate negotiations with other parties.

On behalf of EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the meetings are chaired by Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora.

The IAEA does not take any direct part in the negotiations as it is not a member of the JCPOA and is solely responsible for verifying Iran’s implementation of the deal.

EU, US say sanctions removal constitutes ‘essential part’ of Iran deal

The EU and the US have confirmed that the removal of sanctions on Iran constitutes an essential part of the Iran nuclear agreement.

Since April, the remaining parties to the deal have held intensive talks on revival of the JCPOA and bringing the US to compliance.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Grossi said reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear accord will have to await the formation of a new Iranian government as Iran’s presidential elections are due on Friday.

“Everyone knows that, at this point, it will be necessary to wait for the new Iranian government,” he said. This comes as Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the Vienna talks have nothing to do with Iran’s internal affairs.

“The Vienna talks have nothing to do with Iran’s internal affairs, and the remaining issues require decisions to be made in the capitals of European countries and the United States,” Khatibzadeh said at his regular press conference on Monday.

He also said about the sixth round of Vienna talks that “it is too soon to judge the outcome of the talks of this round and it is unlikely that this round will be the last round of talks.”

Iran top negotiator: We need to have a good deal to address our key concerns, meet our key objectives


Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to the international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Uliyanov, said an agreement on reviving the JCPOA before Iran’s June 18 presidential election may not be possible, and talks will continue after the vote.

“Negotiations will continue and negotiations should not be affected by the election process,” he told in an interview with Interfax, IRNA reported.

Asked if he agreed with statements that the talks in Vienna had stalled, Ulyanov said, “I believe such an assessment is incorrect and untrue. Although progress has not yet been made as fast as we would like, the process is evolving.”

According to him, efforts are underway to finalize the original text of the agreement, and the goal is to reach an agreement to fully revive the JCPOA.

G7 leaders say fully-implemented JCPOA could pave way to address regional, security concerns

The G7 leaders say the restoration and full implementation of the JCPOA will help all parties to address regional and security concerns.

Separately, France’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters that the Vienna negotiations were now on the most difficult topics and claimed that “major disagreements persist.”

“This presupposes brave decisions, which will have to be taken quickly, because we all share the observation that time is not on anyone’s side,” she said at her press briefing on Wednesday.

“We remain, with our partners, fully mobilized in order to find a diplomatic solution allowing the return of Iran and the United States to the full implementation of the JCPOA,” she added.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated the sanctions that had been lifted under the accord.

His predecessor Joe Biden has expressed willingness to return Washington to the landmark deal but has failed to take any concrete action toward the goal.

Tehran says it wants full removal of sanctions that can be verified before it reverses its countermeasures taken in response to US violation of its obligations.


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  1. A little too late! ‘JFK’ and Bobby Kennedy were ‘dead set’ against the Zionist Terror state of Israel becoming a Nuclear Power! Their ‘wish-stand’ became reality in’63 and ’68! They were also pushing for an international Agreement to Stop the Nuclear Proliferation! Since that time, India and Pakistan not to be left out Zionist Israel are all, well established Nuclear Powers! Why worry about IRAN?? The Zionist Zealots were/are all for Nuclearization, at all costs, even over the ‘DEAD Bodies’, of the Kennedy Brothers!!! That is hypocritical, don’t you think?

  2. Whether the deal flies or not is up to the US. This waiting for the election in Iran to be over is yet another ploy, exactly for what is difficult to say. But the excuse that they give, that the new admin might not agree to what is already agreed to or discontinue negotiations is BS. The election in Iran will have no effect on the negotiations, as Iran stated. Why the US thinks waiting makes any difference adds up to another ploy, for time? That there might be hard-liners that do not want the agreement restarted, will not overrule the revolutionary council that does. One cannot help but wonder what the US is up to. So far the US tactic has been to prolong and stretch out the process, although the actual process should be quick, as the actual requirements are simple and easily implemented. The US is up to something, which apparently requires more time getting their ducks in a row. However, regardless who comes to power, Iran could possibly halt negotiations if there is no progress. Iran from the beginning said there would be no open ended negotiations.

  3. Rest assured there will be no negotiations or deals with the west if the revolutionaries take power in Iran. They have no illusion about the west’s intentions on regime change and increasing their power in the region. Iran will shift towards internal capabilities and trade with its neighbours while increasing its regional influence. West will be cast aside.

  4. Last ditch attempt by the west to bolster the westernized candidate in this Friday’s election. Nothing more. They have no intention of removing the sanctions. This is why a critical sanction like U-Turn is not being discussed, where Iran cant trade with any country dealing with US dollar.

  5. Maybe the USA has finally learned that sanctions of Iran and Russia are only pushing them closer to China and the new Belt and Road Initiative. But, don’t tell Zionists of all stripes that. It would totally mess up their plans for a cataclysmic war between “good” (them) and “evil” (everyone else on the planet) that they pray for.

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