PARIS – Officials from Tehran and Washington will travel to Vienna next week as part of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and global powers, though they will not hold direct talks, diplomats said on Friday.
Even without face-to-face talks, which Tehran has ruled out, the presence of both of Iran and the United States in the Austrian capital would mark a step forward in efforts to bring both sides back into compliance with the accord.
“Iran and the US will be in the same town, but not the same room,” a European diplomatic source said. A Western diplomat said a shuttle diplomacy approach would be adopted.
Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain – all parties to the 2015 deal – discussed on Friday the possible return to it of the United States and how to ensure full and effective implementation by all sides.
US President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, withdrew from the deal