© Reuters. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrives for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Summit in Liverpool, Britain, December 11, 2021. Olivier Doolery/Paul via Reuters
By Humaira Pamuk and William James
LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a “productive” meeting with his British, German and French counterparts on Friday to discuss ways forward in negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal, a State Department spokesman said on Saturday. .
World powers and Iran resumed talks on resuming the nuclear deal on Thursday. An EU source said they were working from texts discussed five months ago, while Iranian officials said they were sticking to a firm stance last week.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Saturday that Tehran was serious about its nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The indirect talks between the United States and Iran, in which French, British, German, Russian and Chinese diplomats travel as Tehran rejects any direct contact with Washington, are aimed at urging the two sides to resume full respect for the agreement.
“Secretary Blinken had a fruitful meeting with his E3 counterparts from Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Liverpool yesterday. Referring to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan, the State Department spokesperson said.
The meeting was held in Liverpool, northern England, on the eve of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of Seven, which is expected to result in a joint call for Iran to modify its nuclear program and set the timing of the talks in Vienna. [L1N2SW06E]
As part of the initial nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, Iran scaled back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions imposed on the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
The West fears the program will be used to develop weapons, a charge Tehran denies.