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'Very Clear Intent' by Iran to Return to Nuclear Talks

'Very Clear Intent' by Iran to Return to Nuclear Talks

Thursday, 23 September, 2021 - 06:30
Iran's flag outside the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (Reuters)

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed a "very clear intent" to return to nuclear talks in Vienna, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday after meeting with him on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

"That may not happen for a number of weeks, as the new Iranian government finalizes their approach towards those negotiations. But certainly, he expressed a very clear intent to return to those negotiations," Coveney told reporters.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also met Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

Iran's foreign ministry said that Iran will return to talks, Borrell said.

Borrell stressed the need for Iran’s full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to resolve outstanding issues and reiterated his concern about the overall trajectory of the Iranian nuclear program.

The western states on Tuesday in the UN pressured Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to resume talks the soonest. Yet, they didn’t get a vow from Iran in this regard.

Since April, Vienna has been hosting talks between Iran and the five signatory countries of the 2015 nuclear deal - Germany, China, France, UK, and Russia.

The negotiations aim at returning the US to the agreement, knowing that former President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in May 2018. They also aim at pushing Iran to fulfill its international commitments in the deal.

The talks have been suspended since June following the presidential elections in Iran.

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