Iran nuclear talks resume after five-month hiatus

Iran nuclear talks resume after five-month hiatus

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidential office on April 10, 2021 shows the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran AEIO spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi listening as the country's president does not give a speech on Iran's National Nuclear Technology Day, in the capital Tehran. According to the official news agency IRNA, IRANIAN PRESIDENCY AFP TEHRAN Iran's negotiating team is discussing safeguards issues in the Vienna talks.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, made a statement on the sidelines of a meeting between the Iranian negotiating team and the European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora.

Kamalvandi said that there was not bad news about the progress of the new round of the Vienna talks on the revival of a 2015 agreement. Iran is obligated to declare its nuclear activities and materials to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA ALSO READ: Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna after a five month hiatus under the Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT safeguards agreement and additional protocol.

The IAEA's Board of Governors recently adopted an anti-Tehran resolution proposed by the United States and its three European allies, Britain, France and Germany, accusing Iran of non-cooperation with the agency.

After a five-month hiatus, a new round of talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA began in Vienna on Thursday.

In July 2015, Iran signed a deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions on the country. Former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

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The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.