Thursday, August 4, 2022

Iran nuclear talks resume in Vienna as Tehran expands enrichment

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani (R) is leaving the Coburg Palais, the venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on August 4, 2022. (Photo by Alex HALADA / AFP)

Negotiators from Iran, the United States, and the European Union resumed months-long indirect talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal on Thursday, even as international inspectors acknowledged the Islamic Republic has begun a new expansion of its uranium enrichment.

The resumption of the Vienna talks, suddenly called on Wednesday, appears not to include high-level representation from all the countries part of Iran’s 2015 deal with word powers. That comes as Western officials express growing skepticism over a deal to restore the accord and the EU’s top diplomat has warned that “the space for additional significant compromises has been exhausted.”

Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, met with EU mediator Enrique Mora, Iranian media reported. As in other talks, the US won’t directly negotiate with Iran. (Read More)