Iran, Russia Hold Bilateral Meeting in Vienna
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Russian negotiating teams held talks on Wednesday before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Joint Commission meeting in Vienna.
Iran’s Envoy and Permanent Representative in Vienna-based International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi tweeted, "Another bilateral consultation between Iran and Russia took place in Grand Hotel before the Joint Commission meeting."
Another bilateral consultation between Iran and Russia took place in Grand Hotel before the Joint Commission meeting. pic.twitter.com/S0aPFw9A8z— Gharibabadi (@Gharibabadi) June 2, 2021
The meeting was chaired by Iran’s chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi and Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Qaribabadi said that the delegations of Iran, China and Russia have reviewed issues related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including removal of sanctions by the United States.
"Trilateral meeting between Iran, China, and Russia. Heads of delegations discussed and reviewed issues related to ongoing JCPOA negotiations", Qaribabadi tweeted on Monday.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.