April 9 Representatives of the relevant parties to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Issue held a new round of talks in Vienna on the 9th to discuss the resumption of compliance between the United States and Iran. After the meeting, the EU issued a presidential statement saying that talks would continue next week.
On the morning of the same day, the Political Director-General-level meeting of the Joint Committee on Comprehensive Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Issues was held at the Vienna Grand Hotel. The meeting was chaired by Mora, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union External Action Agency, and attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran.
According to the presidential statement issued on the EU official website, the participants discussed ways to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement, heard a briefing on the Nuclear Field and the Sanctions Lifting Working Group, and engaged in constructive and results-oriented communication. The participants stressed their determination to continue joint diplomatic efforts and agreed to continue talks in Vienna next week.
The meeting of the Board began to be held in Vienna on April 6. U.S. President’s Special Envoy for Iran Affairs Mali also led a delegation to Vienna. Because the United States has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear agreement and Iran refuses to have direct dialogue with the United States, U.S. representatives cannot attend the meeting. The EU representative acts as coordinator in separate contact with all the parties involved in the Iran nuclear agreement and the United States.
In July 2015, Iran reached an Iran nuclear agreement with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany. Under the agreement, Iran promised to limit its nuclear program and the international community lifted sanctions against Iran. In May 2018, the U.S. government unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, and then restarted and added a series of sanctions against Iraq. Since May 2019, Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of some provisions of the Iran nuclear agreement, but promised to take measures “reversible”.