World powers, Iran will not meet at the UN General Assembly

British, Chinese, French, German and Russian ministers will not meet Iran at the United Nations this week to discuss a return to nuclear talks, the Union’s foreign policy chief told reporters on Monday. European, Josep Borrell.

Diplomats were tentatively planning a ministerial meeting of the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual gathering of UN world leaders.

“Some years it happens, some doesn’t. It’s not on the agenda,” said Borrell, who acts as the coordinator of the nuclear deal – known as the Action Plan. global common (JCPOA).

“But the important thing is not this ministerial meeting, but the will of all parties to resume negotiations in Vienna,” he said, adding that he would meet his new Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian on Tuesday.

World powers have held six rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna to try to determine how the two can return to respecting the nuclear pact, which was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in 2018. .

Trump reimposed tough sanctions on Iran, which then began to violate restrictions on its nuclear program. Tehran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes only.

The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hardline Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran’s president and took office in August. Borrell said he would push Amirabdollahian on Tuesday to resume talks as soon as possible.

Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting at Mosalla Mosque in Tehran, Iran on May 16, 2017. Photo taken on May 16, 2017. (REUTERS)

“After the elections, the new presidency requested the postponement in order to take stock of the negotiations and to better understand everything on this very sensitive issue,” said Borrell. “Summer has already passed and we believe that talks can resume soon in Vienna.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said earlier Monday that negotiations were to resume, signaling that there would be a ministerial meeting of the parties to the nuclear deal.

“We must take advantage of this week to relaunch these talks. Iran must agree to come back as soon as possible by designating its representatives for the negotiations,” he said.

The Iranian mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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