World Powers, Iran Won’t Meet at the UN General Assembly

Ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet with Iran at the United Nations this week to return to talks over discuss nuclear deal, foreign from the European Union policy Chief Josep Borrell told reporters: on Monday.

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

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

“But the most 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 with to be new Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian on Tuesday.

The world powers held six rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna to try and work out how both can return to compliance with the nuclear pact, that was abandoned by means of former US President Donald Trump in 2018.

Trump imposes tough sanctions again on Iran, which then began to break the curbs on are nuclear program. Tehran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes only.

The discussions in Vienna were adjourned in June after hardliner Ebrahim Raisic used to be elected Iranian president and took office in August. Borrell said he would push Amirabdollahian on Tuesday to resume talks as soon if possible.

World Powers, Iran Won’t Meet at the UN General AssemblyEbrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting in the Mosalla mosque in Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2017. Photo taken May 16, 2017. (credit: REUTERS)

“After the elections, the new president asked for the delay in to complete the balance of the negotiations and better understand everything over this very sensitive file,” said Borrell. “Summer has… already over and we expect talks to resume soon in Vienna.”

The French minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian previously said: on Monday that negotiations should start again, indicating that there would be a ministerial meeting of the nuclear deal parties.

“We need taking advantage of this week to resume these conversations. Iran must accept to return as soon as possible possible by designating its representatives for the negotiations,” he said.

Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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