Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna after 150 days

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna after 150 days

On June 25, 2022, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, right, holds a joint press conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, left, in Tehran, Iran. A new round of talks about the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers began in Vienna on Thursday after a 150 day hiatus, according to Iran's official news agency IRNA.

The Iranian negotiating team, headed by Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, held a meeting with the Russian delegation led by Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna and chief negotiator for the Vienna talks.

The two sides had a frank, pragmatic and constructive exchange of views on ways and means of overcoming the last outstanding issues, Ulyanov tweeted after the meeting.

Bagheri Kani also met with Enrique Mora, the European Union chief coordinator for the Iran nuclear talks, and Secretary General of Austrian Foreign Ministry Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal.

Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 and agreed 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.

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