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Iran nuclear negotiations will continue on May 7

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The parties involved in the Iran nuclear agreement held the third round of talks on April 27

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna, the Austrian capital, will continue on May 7.

China News Agency reported that Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Araghi said in an interview with the media on Saturday (May 1) that the parties involved in the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue held a new round of talks in Vienna, the capital of Austria, on the same day. The issue further clarified the relevant consensus and differences.

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs later announced that “After the meeting on May 1, the delegations will return to their respective countries, and the negotiations will continue on the 7th.”

Araghi said that the drafting of the provisions is in progress on some of the issues on which consensus has been reached, but this work is progressing slowly. He said that according to the consensus reached so far, the US sanctions against Iran’s energy, finance, banking, and insurance industries must be lifted, and the list of individuals and institutions whose sanctions will be lifted is still under discussion.

Araghi said that the Iranian nuclear negotiations still need to further discuss technical points and details. He said that although it is impossible to predict when the U.S. and Iran will re-fulfil the Iran nuclear agreement in its entirety, “any agreement must be in line with Iran’s position.”

In order to discuss the issue of the United States and Iran’s resumption of compliance, the parties involved in the Iranian nuclear agreement began to hold a meeting in Vienna in early April. The parties involved in the Iran nuclear agreement held the third round of talks on April 27 on the United States lifting sanctions against Iran and Iran’s resumption of compliance. Ulyanov, the permanent representative of Russia to the Vienna International Organization, said earlier that representatives of all parties hope to reach an agreement by the end of May.

In July 2015, Iran reached an Iran nuclear agreement with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. According to the agreement, Iran promised to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against Iran by the international community. In May 2018, the US government unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, and subsequently restarted and added a series of sanctions against Iran. Since May 2019, Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of certain provisions of the Iran nuclear agreement, but promised that the measures taken are “reversible.”

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