Russian and US Representatives Meet to Discuss Iran Nuclear Treaty

Russian and US Representatives Meet to Discuss Iran Nuclear Treaty

Russia's top official for Iran, Russia, Mikhail Ulyanov, on Wednesday (29/12) met representatives of the United States (US) in Vienna. Delegates from both sides said Moscow and Washington were coordinating efforts to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Ummatimes - Ulyanov wrote on Twitter that he had met twice with the US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley. He posted a photo of himself and US diplomats sitting across from a long table.

"Close consultation and coordination between the Russian and US delegations during the talks in Vienna is an important prerequisite for progress towards the restoration of the JCPOA," Ulyanov wrote, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.

The US State Department said it did not discuss details of the diplomatic talks. However, Ulyanov emphasized, the meeting of the two representatives maintained an intensive and useful dialogue in the next nuclear talks in Vienna to find ways to restore the JCPOA.

Separately, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held phone calls with his French, German and British counterparts. The State Department said they had Iran nuclear talks among the topics discussed.

"The minister and his colleagues also discussed their shared concerns about the pace of development of Iran's nuclear program as time is running short for Tehran to return to the JCPOA," Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement about the call.

The 2015 JCPOA lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic activity. However, US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, a year after taking office. Iran subsequently violated many of the nuclear deal's restrictions and continued to push for uranium enrichment beyond that.

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely to discuss Iran nuclear talks on Thursday (30/12). They will hold a virtual meeting for the discussion.

"I believe that they (Biden and Putin) are likely to discuss it (Iran) again tomorrow given that we have ongoing talks in Vienna now and the US, our European partners and Russia have coordinated quite closely in Vienna, working quite constructively together in Vienna. ," said the senior US official.

Iran refuses to meet US officials in person. This means that talks must run alternately between Iran and the US with other countries involved in the JCPOA, namely Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and the European Union.