Top Negotiator Heads to Vienna for Nuclear Talks

Top Negotiator Heads to Vienna for Nuclear Talks
Top Negotiator Heads to Vienna for Nuclear Talks

Iran’s top negotiator was to leave Tehran for Vienna on late Wednesday to hold talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.   
“In line with the policy of [securing] the removal of cruel sanctions against our country, an Iranian delegation headed by top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani will leave for Vienna in a few hours,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Wednesday, ISNA reported.  
He said in this round of the talks, which is coordinated by the European Union as usual, discussions will be held on ideas proposed by the Iranian side over the past week to facilitate the conclusion of an agreement to restore the JCPOA.  
Kanaani expressed hope that the other side would clear the way for a breakthrough by adopting right decisions and focusing efforts on the settlement of outstanding issues. 
In a tweet on the same day, senior EU negotiator Enrique Mora also said he is on his way to the Austrian capital “to discuss #JCPOA back to full implementation on the basis of the coordinator’s text tabled on 20 July.”
Mora was referring to a text proposed by EU foreign policy chief Josef Borrell to lay out terms of an agreement on a mutual return of Iran and the US to compliance with the JCPOA. 
Borrell has said he believes the draft agreement represents the best possible deal that he, as facilitator of the negotiations, sees as feasible.  
Mora had previously said, “The best possible deal for all the parties is on the table,” adding that “it ensures clear, measurable economic benefits for the Iranian people and verifiable non-proliferation benefits for the international community.”
In a presser on Monday, Kanaani said Iran had received and reviewed Borrell’s initiative and had presented its views to the coordinator.     

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