EU: Talks on restoring Iran nuclear deal to resume Sunday

Hours after the election of Iran’s new hardline president, Ebraiham Raisi, the European Union says talks on restoring the 2015 deal limiting the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief will resume tomorrow in Vienna.

A statement from the EU mission in Vienna says the meeting will be chaired by one of bloc’s senior diplomats, Enriqure Mora, and will be attended by the deals remaining signatories — China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran. The US has been attending the talks indirectly, as the Biden administration looks to rejoin the accord after former president Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement.

Participants will continue their discussions in view of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and on how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA,” the statement says, using the initials of the deal’s official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The EU has not yet commented on the election of Raisi, a protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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