UN, Tehran and world powers seek to revive nuclear deal

Meetings scheduled on the sidelines of the General Assembly that opens today in New York. But face-to-face meeting between ministers from Iran and the United States  "not on the agenda". The goal is to get the negotiations "back on track" by "taking advantage" of this week. Every day that passes "takes away space for diplomacy." 


New York (AsiaNews/Agencies) - After months of stalemate, talks between Tehran and world powers - with the exception of the United States - on the Iranian nuclear issue resume this week at the UN.

A meeting will be held between the foreign ministers of Great Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the head of Iranian diplomacy Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in his debut in the international assembly on the sidelines of the General Assembly, which begins today in New York . The objective is to "give a new impetus" to the talks on the JCCP, in a climate that remains highly tense.

Over the past two years, Tehran has gradually violated the terms of the pact; the first steps date back to 2019, in response to then-President Donald Trump's May 2018 withdrawal from the JCPOA and the reintroduction of the toughest sanctions in history, which led to a collapse of the Iranian economy.

The temporary agreement expired on June 24 and international diplomacies are working on a new deal although Joe Biden has maintained the sanctions of his predecessor. Since April, US, European and Iranian emissaries have started talks in Vienna; the last meeting was held on June 20, after the presidential elections in Iran that have decreed the victory of the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi

Speaking on the eve of the meetings, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that "negotiations must restart" and, in this sense, "time plays against a potential agreement." He called on the parties to "take advantage of this week" to "restart" the talks, while Iran must "return as soon as possible" by appointing its representatives.

British colleague Liz Truss is scheduled to have a face-to-face meeting with her Iranian counterpart in New York, while other high-level officials will be seen on General Assembly days. "The U.K., the U.S. and our international partners," Truss said in a statement, "are fully committed to a nuclear deal, but every day that Iran continues to delay talks whilst escalating its own nuclear programme means there is less space for diplomacy." 

The Iranian Foreign Ministry confirms "separate meetings" with each of the powers, excluding the United States. Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh also points out that no official decision has been taken on a summit that would bring together all the parties involved in the agreement. 

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