World powers seek to bring United States back into Iran nuclear deal

Abbas Araghchi political deputy at the Iranian foreign ministry arrives at the Grand Hotel in Vienna

But Press TV, an Iranian state media outlet, reported that Malley and the US delegation will "leave Vienna empty-handed if the Tuesday meeting would result in anything other than the removal of all USA sanctions", citing an "an informed source close to the Iranian negotiating team".

"This success would never have been achieved if we had not stood up to the Trump regime in spite of all external and internal pressures to leave the JCPOA, and if our people had not endured this severe suffering", the spokesman asserted. "There's unity and ambition for a joint diplomatic process with two expert groups on nuclear implementation and sanctions lifting", European Union chief coordinator Enrique Mora said on Twitter.

"The U.S. should return unconditionally to the agreement, lift all illegal sanctions and stop its long-arm jurisdiction over third parties".

A statement issued after parties to the accord met virtually on Friday said the aim of their meeting Tuesday is to "clearly identify sanctions lifting and nuclear implementation measures, including through convening meetings of the relevant expert groups".

"The agenda of this [joint] commission meeting is the removal of all US cruel sanctions against Iran, and in other words, clarification of how parties [to the deal] should fulfill their commitments", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that Washington expects the nuclear talks to be a long process.

Nevertheless, Ali Vaez of the International Crisis Group, which monitors conflicts, tweeted that the talks represent "an important marker that both US & Iran are serious about breaking the inertia".

On the eve of the talks, Rob Malley, US special envoy on Iran, talked only of removing "those sanctions that are inconsistent with the deal".

He added that Washington is open to face-to-face talks with Tehran. And, according to officials, it was also made a decision to remove some paintings inside the Grand Hotel and to cover up naked statues, in an effort not to offend the Iranian delegation.

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"Regardless of whether Europe has the will or ability to persuade #USA to lift all sanctions at once & Washington's return to its commitments, there will be no possibility for Iran entering talks in the new fields, more than JCPOA, under any circumstances". The US envoy had previously called for talks to synchronise a mutual return to the agreement.

Iran confirmed in January it was enriching uranium to 20% purity, well beyond the threshold set by the 2015 deal. We've seen the result of the maximum pressure campaign.

"The root cause of the Iranian nuclear crisis is the USA unilateral withdrawal from the #JCPOA which undermined the consensus of all parties", Chinese foreign ministry official Zhao Lijian wrote on Twitter.

Rabiei reiterated Iran was ready to reverse the steps it had taken as soon as all sanctions imposed during the Trump administration are lifted.

Tehran and Beijing had signed a 25-year "strategic cooperation" agreement late last month.

Russian Federation said talks got off to a "successful" start, with the United States expected to join indirectly for the first time since President Joe Biden's arrival in the White House. "We do what is necessary to move forward", she told reporters at a press briefing in Brussels.

"The Biden administration's first priority should be freeing American hostages, not offering sanctions relief to the ayatollahs".

"Taking the diplomatic steps necessary to return both Iran and the United States to compliance with the agreement is critical to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, achieving urgent non-proliferation objectives, and laying the foundation for further negotiations on additional important issues", the lawmakers said.

"But we're much better off talking about all of that if we could at least put the current nuclear issue to the side and not have to worry every day about what the latest Iranian announcement will be", he said.

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