“On Friday, the U.S. and Iran agreed to hold indirect talks facilitated by European, Russian and Chinese intermediaries, to discuss a U.S return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Iran, setting conditions, said it would not directly meet with the U.S. and that goal of the talks will be to rapidly end sanctions on Iran before it returns to its own commitments under the nuclear deal.
Iran was adamant that there would be no face-to-face meeting with the U.S., calling the measure “unnecessary.”
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, “At virtual JCPOA JC meeting, Iran & EU/E3+2 agreed to resume in-person talks in Vienna next Tues. Aim: Rapidly finalize sanction-lifting & nuclear measures for choreographed removal of all sanctions, followed by Iran ceasing remedial measures. No Iran-US meeting. Unnecessary…”