Iran and the United States are due to begin indirect talks “this week” which will focus on “the lifting of sanctions” imposed by Washington, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on June 27. “A Persian Gulf country will host the talks and the meeting [entre l’Iran et les Etats-Unis] will take place in the coming days during the week,” ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh said during his weekly press conference.
This statement follows the announcement on June 25 by the European Union (EU) and Iran of the resumption “in the coming days” of the talks on the Iranian nuclear program suspended for more than three months, on the occasion of a surprise visit to Tehran by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell. To advance the process, Josep Borrell indicated that “indirect” contacts between the United States and Iran would take place quickly “in a Gulf country”.
Iran assures that the discussions will not concern “the nuclear dimension” but only the “lifting of sanctions”
“What we are going to do in the coming days does not concern the nuclear dimension but existing differences on the question of the lifting of sanctions”, however specified Saïd Khatibzadeh.
The talks launched in Vienna in April 2021 between Iran and the major powers (Russia, United States, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany) have been stalled since March, Americans and Iranians accusing each other of blocking them . They aim to reintegrate the United States into the 2015 agreement providing for limitations on the Iranian nuclear program, denounced in 2018 by then American President Donald Trump, and to bring Iran back to respecting its commitments dictated by this pact. , called JCPOA.
“I hope we will see positive results from these talks. The ball is in Washington’s court,” said Said Khatibzadeh. “If Washington comes with answers [aux demandes iraniennes]we can finish the job quickly”, the spokesman for Iranian diplomacy.
Concluded by Iran and the six powers, the JCPOA aims to guarantee the civilian nature of the nuclear program of Tehran, accused of seeking to acquire atomic weapons despite its denials, in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions suffocating the Iranian economy.
However, the Trump administration had reinstated stifling sanctions on Tehran, leading in response to Iran’s gradual disengagement from the 2015 agreement. Borrell said that the United States is committed to respecting everything that is stipulated in the nuclear agreement and to ensuring that Iran can derive the economic benefits from it in a definitive way, ”concluded Said Khatibzadeh.