Moscow says chances to reach agreement in Vienna increase

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) – The Vienna talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are facilitating and the chances for reaching a solution have increased, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated on Monday.

"The Vienna talks have speeded up. We believe that the chances to reach a solution within the framework that had been developed during the previous rounds, including six rounds held until June 20, have increased. This is a positive thing. All parties are demonstrating readiness to solve the remaining problems," the deputy foreign minister noted according to TASS.

Ryabkov also mentioned that "various schemes were possible" for reaching the ultimate goal, the restoration of the Iranian nuclear deal in its original form. "<…> A step-by-step approach based on reciprocity [is likely to be used] to achieve the main goal," the senior diplomat pointed out. 

"I would like to emphasize that possible intermediate steps are not going to replace, substitute the basic agreement, which needs to be fully restored. The Russian side proceeds from this, while providing political and diplomatic assistance to <…> Iranians, Americans and Europeans," Ryabkov stated. As the diplomat said, he also sees no need for setting any deadlines for reaching a final decision on the Iranian nuclear deal.

Iran and the P4+1 group of countries resumed talks in Vienna last Monday after the parties took a three-day break for the New Year.  The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on December 27 with a focus on the removal of all US sanctions. The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its pullout in 2018 from the landmark deal with Iran.

During the previous round of the talks, the first under Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raeisi, Iran presented new proposals at the negotiating table to help the talks move forward and later criticized the European signatories of the JCPOA for failing to follow suit and remaining passive.

Iranian top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said that Iran, P4+1 countries are resolving the outstanding issues and the talks aimed at removing the US sanctions are advancing and moving forward.

He added that the talks aimed at removing the US sanctions are advancing and moving forward.


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