Brussels: The parties to the Iran nuclear deal will convene in Vienna on Tuesday (March 6, 2021) to discuss the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran and the country’s responsibility for further implementing the agreement, said the European Union (EU) on Friday.
Following a virtual meeting on Friday morning, the EU said in a press release that it will “also intensify separate contacts in Vienna with all JCPOA participants and the United States.
The JCPOA was reached in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, plus Germany) and the EU. Tehran had agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear weapons program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions. According to Aljazeera news, Washington under former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and tightened sanctions on Iran.
The United States and Iran are in a standoff over reviving the nuclear deal. The Joe Biden administration said that if Iran returns to full compliance with the JCPOA, the United States would do the same. But Iran insisted its compliance would only take place once U.S. sanctions were removed.
Biden has been seeking to engage Iran in talks about both sides resuming compliance with the deal, under which the US and other economic sanctions on Tehran were removed in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme.
(With inputs from ANI and Xinhua)