Vienna talks future depends on Washington willingness

TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) – Stating that reaching an agreement in JCPOA revival talks depends on Washington's readiness, the Russian envoy said that Washington decided to suspend the negotiations on the eve of the US mid-term elections.

Washington and Tehran may reach a final agreement during the Vienna talks in the second part of November, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna said.

Saying that JCPOA revival negotiations are related to the upcoming US mid-term elections, Mikhail Ulyanov, added that the US government decided to suspend the talks on the eve of the elections.

There is no excuse for derailing the nuclear deal, Ulyanov stressed.

The negotiations depend on the United States and its willingness to negotiate and reach an acceptable agreement, he added.

The United States, under former president Donald Trump, abandoned the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April last year, months after Joe Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, the US indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.

Iranian officials have, time and again, asserted that upon potentially lifting the sanctions, Washington should be able to guarantee that it would not return the bans again.

Iranian foreign minister recently said that an agreement is possible if the American side adopts a realistic approach towards the JCPOA negotiations.

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