November 04, 2021

Iran: Nuclear Deal Talks to Resume Soon

Iran has agreed to meet with other world powers to discuss reviving the country’s nuclear deal.

In 2015, Iran and six other nations established an accord – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – whereby the Middle Eastern country agreed to dismantle much of its nuclear program, as well as open its facilities to more extensive international inspections in exchange for billions of dollars’ worth of sanctions relief.

However, it was jeopardised in 2018 when then-president Donald Trump withdrew the United States of America from it and reimposed punishing sanctions on Iran, forcing the latter to renege on the accord.

On Wednesday, 3 November, Iranian Deputy Foreign minister, Ali Baghieri Kani, announced in a tweet that Iran will partake in multilateral discussions in Vienna, Austria – discussions that may see them re-adopt JCPOA.

He wrote: “In a phone call with [European Union mediator Enrique Mora], we agreed to start the negotiations aiming at removal of unlawful & [sic] inhumane sanctions on 29 November in Vienna.”

The USA under Joe Biden’s helm, along with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, will also participate in the proceedings.