US, Iran Declare Readiness To Return To JCPOA, No Direct Clashes In Vienna - Russian Envoy
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Wed 07th April 2021 | 12:00 AM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th April, 2021) The United States and Iran declare that both sides are ready to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, there are no direct clashes at the Vienna talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, said on Tuesday.
"Both the Iranians and the Americans say that they are ready for this. I do not observe any sharp 'exchange of pleasantries,' although, of course, the Iranians are very critical of the United States, but there are definitely no direct clashes, at least because they do not communicate with each other. The Iranians have definitely decided that there can be no contacts with the United States," Ulyanov told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
"In JCPOA, the role of coordinator is traditionally played by the common foreign policy service of the European Union, which tries to cope with its responsibilities fairly impartially, therefore, representatives of the European Union will play the role of a key contact person in shuttle contacts between the Iranians and the Americans.
"I think that they [direct contacts] can resume once the Iranian side is ready for this, but I cannot speak for the Iranians. In principle, probably, if tangible progress is made, if there is at least minimal mutual trust, maybe the Iranians will change their minds," he said.
"Of course, direct contacts are more productive, but we have not yet reached this stage," the permanent representative added.