Russia envoy: ‘No plans for sixth’ round of JCPOA talks in Vienna

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As negotiations between Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal go on in the Austrian capital of Vienna to revitalize the agreement, a senior Russian diplomat says there are no plans to extend the talks beyond the fifth round.

“The fifth round of the Vienna talks on #JCPOA is under way. As of now, there are no plans for the sixth,” Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna, said in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Under former President Donald Trump, the United States in May 2018 unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA. Trump also initiated a “maximum pressure” policy against Iran, prompting Tehran to take remedial measures by gradually reducing its nuclear commitments under the deal.

Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, says his administration wants to rejoin the deal, but Tehran says it must first lift all the sanctions Washington imposed on Iran in the aftermath of leaving the JCPOA practically and verifiably before it can come back.

Representatives of Iran and the other five signatories to the nuclear agreement, namely Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, have been engaged in the Vienna process since early April with the purpose of finding ways to bring the United States back to the deal and prepare the ground for its full implementation.

The fifth round of the Vienna talks on #JCPOA is under way. As of now, there are no plans for the sixth. The negotiators proceed from the understanding that the current round should be final.

— Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) May 30, 2021

In his tweet, Ulyanov spoke about the likelihood of the last round of talks in Vienna and said, “The negotiators proceed from the understanding that the current round should be final.”

On Wednesday, Tehran and the other participants in the Vienna talks said there had been some progress, but that differences still remained.

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