TEHRAN, May 1 2021 ranian Deputy Foreign Minister Araghchi said in an interview with the media on May 1 that the relevant parties to the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue held a new round of talks in the Austrian capital Vienna on the same day, the parties around the resumption of U.S.-Iranian compliance issues further clarified the relevant consensus and differences.
Iranian news television quoted Araghi as saying that drafting of the text was under way on some of the issues on which consensus had been reached, but that progress had been slow.
He said that based on the current consensus, U.S. sanctions against Iran’s energy, finance, banking and insurance industries must be lifted, and the list of individuals and institutions to be lifted is still under discussion.
Mr Araghi said further technical points and details were needed in the Iran nuclear talks. He said that while it was impossible to predict when the U.S. and Iran would re-implement the Iran nuclear deal in full, “any deal needs to be consistent with Iran’s position.”
To discuss the resumption of U.S.-Iranian compliance, the parties to the Iran nuclear agreement began meeting in Vienna in early April.
In July 2015, Iran reached a nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. Under the deal, Iran promised to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
In May 2018, the U.S. government unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, which was followed by the resumption and addition of a series of additional sanctions against Iran. Since May 2019, Iran has phased out some of the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, but has promised to take “reversible” measures.