The negotiators meet to complete the third round

Iranian nuclear negotiators are meeting around the same table in Vienna on Saturday after several days of technical discussions, in order to complete a third session of talks aimed ultimately at salvaging the 2015 deal.

This agreement, which was supposed to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring atomic weapons, is dying since Donald Trump withdrew from the United States in 2018 and returns in the wake of US sanctions against Tehran.

Representatives of countries still parties to the agreement (Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom) are scheduled to meet at around 3 pm (1 pm GMT) at the level of deputy foreign ministers or political directors, and the service of the Head of European Diplomacy Josep Borrell announced in a statement Journalist.

At the end of the meeting, the Iranian Foreign Ministry stated that “delegations will return to their capitals” to receive instructions.

This new round opened on Tuesday, and throughout the week there were expert group meetings and talks between various delegations.

Europeans, Russians and Chinese held, on Saturday morning, a joint meeting with the Americans, according to a European diplomat, but without the Iranians who refuse to meet Washington’s envoys, the negotiations are therefore taking place indirectly.

The desire at the start of the week was to “speed up the process” after nearly a month of talks already, but the main parties regularly indicate that the task is “complicated” and will take time.

It is a question of black and white writing, what punitive measures the US government is preparing to lift, and how Iran intends to renew them in exchange for the nuclear restrictions from which it is liberated. A diplomatic source told AFP Monday that the hope is to achieve a concrete result “by the end of May” before the Iranian elections.

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Iranian nuclear negotiators are meeting at the same table in Vienna on Saturday after several days of technical discussions, in order to complete a third session of talks that ultimately aim to salvage the 2015 deal. This deal, which is supposed to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring nuclear weapons, is dying. Since Donald Trump withdrew from the United States in …

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