Bagheri, Ryabkov discuss reviving JCPOA in Moscow
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister meets his Russian counterpart, and the two sides exchange views on the current situation around the Vienna Talks.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani - also Iran’s chief negotiator - met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Ryabkov in Moscow and discussed the recent Doha talks that aim to restore the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Mikhail Ulyanov, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the International Organizations and Russia’s top negotiator in Vienna, who was also present in the talks, tweeted that “it was a very professional exchange of views on the current situation around the JCPOA and prospects of the Vienna Talks."
It was a very professional exchange of views on the current situation around the #JCPOA and prospects of the #ViennaTalks. My assessment: despite all the difficulties, the nuclear deal still can be restored. For this to happen the US should demonstrate greater flexibility https://t.co/t85U2LzLqB— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) July 1, 2022
“My assessment: despite all the difficulties, the nuclear deal still can be restored. For this to happen the US should demonstrate greater flexibility,” Ulyanov considered.
On June 28, Qatar's capital, Doha hosted indirect talks between Iran and the United States over reviving the 2015 JCPOA with major powers.
At the end of the Doha talks, the EU's Deputy Secretary-General Enrique Mora tweeted, "Unfortunately, not yet the progress the EU team as coordinator had hoped for. We will keep working with even greater urgency to bring back on track a key deal for non-proliferation and regional stability."
Iran FM: Doha talks positive, will continue
On the other hand, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Wednesday that his country's assessment of the Doha talks was positive.
During a phone conversation with his Qatari counterpart Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Amir-Abdollahian said, "We are serious in reaching a good, lasting deal if the US acts realistically."
The Iranian diplomat said Iran's chief negotiator is attempting to come up with creative solutions to reach a lasting agreement, noting that Iran is willing to move forward with the talks until a reasonable deal is reached.
Iran talks likely to resume after Biden MENA trip: Bloomberg
It is noteworthy that two European diplomats with knowledge of the talks that took place in Doha have said that even though there was no substantial progress in the talks, efforts to revive the landmark 2015 deal between Iran and the P4+1 may continue after US President Joe Biden's visit to West Asia.
A third person familiar with the talks, according to Bloomberg, said that efforts to revive the deal may resume in the Qatari capital after the visit.
Tehran requested verifiable guarantees from US
In the same context, Iran's ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said on Thursday that Tehran has requested from Washington some verifiable guarantees that the latter will not again leave the nuclear deal.
Following a United Nations Security Council meeting, Takht Ravanchi said his country approached the Doha talks with the aim of reaching results, qualifying the talks as serious and positive, further pointing out that Tehran will remain in contact with the EU's coordinator, Enrique Mora, during the next round of talks.
Marandi to Al Mayadeen: Doha talks didn't fail, will continue
The advisor to the Iranian negotiating team, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, said on Wednesday that "there was never any expectation that these negotiations would culminate in an agreement over a couple of days."
In an interview for Al Mayadeen, Marandi added that Tehran does not take US officials' media statements seriously, noting that the Americans should provide the guarantees that Iran demands to confirm that "history is not repeated."
He added that "Iran doesn't expect anything more, but it won't expect anything less", stressing that "there has been movement on the American side."
Tasnim news agency cited Wednesday the US State Department as saying that the indirect talks in Doha have concluded with "no progress made."