The Iranian delegation met with representatives of the remaining parties to the agreement on Tuesday to discuss how to bring Washington back to it and end the exhausting US sanctions and retaliatory measures against Iran.
U.S. President Joe Biden says he is ready to reverse the decision of his predecessor, Donald Trump, to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear treaty and impose unilateral sanctions on Tehran.
However, disagreements remain over the practical implementation of this step, as Tehran has in the meantime refused to comply with some of its obligations under the agreement.
The United States did not attend Tuesday’s meeting after Iran refused to meet with the U.S. delegation until Washington lifted sanctions on it.
The European Union has taken on the role of mediator and all parties have welcomed the start of the negotiations.
“A new branch was opened yesterday,” Rouhani said at a government meeting on Wednesday.
“If (Washington) shows that he is honest and sincere, that is all we ask. I think we will soon be able to negotiate, if necessary, with other parties to the agreement. “
Negotiations in Vienna will resume on Friday, one well-informed diplomat said.
The US delegation should choose another hotel, and EU negotiators will act as mediators.
At the time, two groups of experts working on the lifting of sanctions and nuclear issues are working to “identify concrete steps to be taken by Washington and Tehran” to renew the agreement, Russia’s envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said.
Washington also welcomed the resumption of dialogue.
“We really see this as a constructive and, of course, welcome step,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.