Smooth start to talks aimed at resumption of Iran nuclear deals: Vienna

Vienna, April 7 2021: Opening exchanges on the first day of talks show encouraging outlook as Iran, Russia and the US react positively to the possibility of re-starting an international agreement to limit Tehran’s ability to build a military nuclear programme.

The decision of Biden predeseccor Donald Trump is likely to be reveresed by the US President. And after Moscow gave a positive assessment of the opening of the talks earlier, Washington’s reaction a little later was also upbeat. Iran too, described the opening talks as constructive. “I can say that overall, the meeting was constructive,” the head of the Iranian delegation, Abbas Araghchi, said in a statement on television.

The European Union is acting as an intermediary. Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s Vienna-based envoy to international organisations, said the meeting between those parties still in the deal, Iran, China, Britain, France, Germany and Russia, had been “successful”.

“The most important thing after today’s meeting of the Joint Commission is that practical work towards achieving this goal has started,” he tweeted. “We do see this as a constructive and certainly welcome step,”

The US State Department spokesman Ned Price said of the talks a little later. “It is a potentially useful step as we seek to determine what it is that the Iranians are prepared to do to return to compliance with the stringent limitations under the 2015 deal, and as a result what we might need to do to return to compliance ourselves,” he added.

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