Negotiations to restore Iran’s nuclear deal in 2015 will take place between all countries in Vienna next week, senior Western diplomats said on Friday, the first serious attempt to save the deal from President Biden’s inauguration in January.
Senior officials from all parties to the agreement, Iran, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China and the European Union, as well as senior US officials, will gather in the Austrian capital from Tuesday. For now, however, there will be no direct discussions between US and Iranian officials, diplomats said.
The United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2018. President Biden said he wanted the United States to return to a deal that places strict but temporary restrictions on Iran̵
The Vienna meeting will aim to draw up two separate agreements, one with the United States and Iran, on the steps they will take to return to compliance. Once senior officials begin discussions, they will leave nuclear energy and sanctions experts to understand the details of the work.
The Vienna talks came after two months of quiet diplomacy failed to reach a breakthrough, allowing both sides to see a return to the deal.