The Coburg Hotel, the traditional site of the negotiations, will host a meeting at the level of political directors of the Joint Committee on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the nuclear agreement after informal consultations took place Saturday and Sunday in preparations for the resumption of the negotiating process.
The new round of negotiations will become the seventh of its kind and the first after the current Iranian President, Ibrahim Raisi, takes office in August 2021.
On the eve of the new round, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said parties of negotiations have a positive determination in the sense that every effort must be made to successfully complete the negotiations because the alternative for this ranges from bad to very bad.”
He continued to say that opportunities to reach an agreement still exist, but today it is hoped in the first place to listen to the position of our Iranian partners in the seventh round.”
In turn, Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian said last Saturday that his country had created all the appropriate conditions to reach a “good and quick” agreement if all parties abide by their commitments.
For her part, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the US administration of President Joe Biden has not changed its position on the issue of reviving the nuclear agreement.
Meanwhile, the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, considered that Iran’s recent actions were not optimistic.
In this context, the US Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said that the United States of America (USA) and its partners are likely to put pressure on Iran if it used the negotiations as a pretext to accelerate its nuclear program.
From April to June of this year, Vienna hosted 6 rounds of negotiations under the auspices of the European Union to save the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program in light of the United States’ withdrawal from it in 2018.
It is worth noting that the Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, who heads the Iranian delegation to Vienna, announced earlier that Tehran’s first goal in the talks is to cancel all sanctions imposed on Iran.