Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) The US and Iran have announced plans to continued nuclear deal talks later this week.
While the two sides only said talks would continue in a Gulf country, Iranian state media noted that negotiations would resume in Qatar, according to France24 reporting on Monday.
Speaking on Saturday in Tehran, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, pointed out that the talks will be separate from EU-mediated negotiations.
The US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2018.
While the administration headed by US President Joe Biden initially stated that reaching a deal with Iran would be the best solution, it has expressed growing pessimism in the last weeks.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, announced on Monday that the talks with the US on lifting sanctions would continue in the coming days.
Iranian Tasnim News Agency reported that, according to a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talks would take place in Qatar. The news agency pointed out that Ali Bagheri, Iran’s nuclear negotiator, is to visit Qatar today for “negotiations on lifting sanctions.”
The US Department of State confirmed that talks would be held in a Gulf country, but did not specify which.
Cooperation with EU
“We are grateful to our EU partners, who continue to convey messages and are working to advance these negotiations,” a State Department spokesman stated.
“We are prepared to immediately conclude and implement the deal we negotiated in Vienna for mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA,” he added and concluded that the US wants Iran to drop demands “that go beyond the JCPOA.”
Khatibzadeh expressed hope that talks will yield results and stressed “what we will do in the coming days does not concern the nuclear dimension, but existing differences and the lifting of sanctions.”
He stressed that the two sides could reach an agreement quickly “if Washington comes with the answers.”
As part of EU-mediated Vienna talks, Iran called on the US to present guarantees that it would not pull out of the agreement again.