Parties to the nuclear deal with Iran meet on Sunday – EU


An Iranian flag flies in front of the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, September 9, 2019. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger / File Photo

PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – The parties negotiating a revival of the nuclear deal with Iran will hold a formal meeting in Vienna on Sunday, the European Union said on Saturday.

Iran and six world powers have been negotiating in Vienna since April to work out steps for Washington and Tehran. The United States withdrew from the pact in 2018, under which Iran accepted restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for lifting many foreign sanctions against it.

The formal Sunday meeting will take place more than a week after this round of talks resumed and is an indication that the talks are likely to be adjourned.

Officials later on the week indicated that disagreements persist on key issues.

“The Joint Commission of the #JCPOA will meet on Sunday June 20th,” Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said on Twitter.

“She will decide how to proceed at the #ViennaTalks. An agreement on the reintroduction of the nuclear agreement is within reach, but not yet concluded.”

The other parties to the deal – Iran, Russia, China, France, Great Britain, Germany and the European Union – meet in the basement of a luxury hotel.

The US delegation for the talks is in a hotel across the street as Iran refuses to meet in person and the other delegations and the EU act as mediators.

Since ex-US President Donald Trump left the deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran, Tehran has taken countermeasures, including rebuilding supplies of enriched uranium, a possible route to nuclear bombs.

Reporting by John Irish Editing by Frances Kerry

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