BRSSEL (dpa-AFX) – The currently interrupted nuclear negotiations with Iran could continue next month, according to the EU. According to information on Saturday, Iranian representatives have given assurances in the past few days that the talks in Vienna will be resumed. The understanding is that this can be done right after the current government formation in Iran is completed, said a senior EU official. Think of a point in time “beginning of September”. The new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been in full office since Thursday.
Negotiations have been going on in Vienna since April to rescue the Vienna nuclear agreement of 2015. The diplomatic efforts of the contracting states China, Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia as well as the EU are focused on the return of the USA to the agreements. This includes the lifting of sanctions against Iran. At the same time, Tehran should comply with the agreed conditions again. Negotiations were interrupted as a result of the presidential election in mid-June. They are now to be continued with the team of the new President Raisi.
According to the EU official, it is still unclear whether the new Iranian team will report to the Foreign Ministry or, for example, the National Security Council. Hussein Amir-Abdollahian is seen as a possible new foreign minister in Brussels. He was previously Vice Minister.
The talks are necessary because the United States signed the 2018 pact under the then president Donald Trump and again imposed economic sanctions on Iran. Tehran then gradually expanded its nuclear activities contrary to the agreements and restricted international nuclear inspections. Most recently, the country even began producing uranium, which is just below the purity level of material suitable for nuclear weapons./DP/jha