IP- Iranian, Russian diplomats in Vienna discuss Iran's upcoming talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran PressEurope: "We discussed the forthcoming important events: the visit of the IAEA Director-General to Tehran, session of the IAEA Board of Governors, resumption of the Vienna talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action known as JCPOA," said Mikhail Ulyanov, Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna.

Mohammad Reza Ghaebi, the Charge d'affairs of Iran to international organizations in Vienna, also said," in line with the technical cooperation between Iran and the IAEA, the Director-General of this international organization will travel to Tehran following Monday to discuss collaboration between Iran and Iranian officials.

After 13 years of intensive international negotiations, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was concluded on July 14, 2015. One week later, UN Security Council ratified Resolution No. 2231 and attached it to Annex A of the resolution.

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Yet, after Donald Trump took office as the US President in January 2017 and took a few preliminary steps to fulfill the deal, he unilaterally withdrew from the agreement on May 8, 2018, and introduced the harshest sanctions in history against Iran in line with his "Maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic.

In a counter-sanctions measure, Iran's Supreme National Security Council started a series of scale-backs measures to stop the implementation of voluntary commitments to the JCPOA within the framework of the same deal.

Iran has repeatedly stated that if the other parties remaining in the JCPOA decide to implement their obligations by the agreement, it will stop the scale-backs.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA started talks in April in Vienna to revive the deal. The US, under the Joe Biden administration, was also participating in the Vienna talks indirectly.

Six rounds of talks were held until June. However, the words failed to produce a breakthrough as the United States raised new issues not related to the original JCPOA. For example, the US tried to include Iran's missile program and regional policies to revitalize the multilateral agreement. Moreover, the Biden administration also attempted to extend Iran's nuclear program limits, which automatically lifted in the future years.

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities to terminate economic and financial sanctions.

Mohammad Reza Ghaebi also warned that IAEA member states should refrain from making hasty or politically motivated comments in this regard.

Referring to an IAEA's recent report on the implementation of the JCPOA, Ghaebi added: "In the new IAEA quarterly report on the implementation of the JCPOA, it has been announced that the organization has continued its verification and monitoring activities regarding Iran's related obligations."

He added: "According to the IAEA report, enrichment activities in Natanz and Fordow continue with the IAEA's notification."

Ghaebi also noted: "Despite the differences between Iran's technical views and the IAEA, interactions between the two sides continue to finalize the issues between the two countries."


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