Iran has accepted to renew its nuclear talks with global powers just as scheduled May 24, thanks to the candidacy of the newly elected Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, who seeks to end the country’s nuclear standoff with the West.
The official IRNA news agency said Monday that Iran and other parties to the nuclear accord reached in 2015 are set to re-open talks to replace the parallel talks to normalize trade and economic ties that were halted because of tensions between the Iranian and U.S. governments.
The first round of talks will be held on May 23, and Iran and the six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — agreed to it in principle, IRNA said. It did not explain how talks with those countries could work within the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which stipulates that Iran can only resume cooperation with international powers if the country dismantles all of its nuclear-related facilities, including its plutonium facility at Arak.
Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, sworn in on Sunday, has pledged to “resume the talks without any preconditions” in order to end the U.S. sanctions.
Rouhani was sworn in Sunday for a second term in office and dismissed the idea of restarting talks with Washington, saying the U.S. is the “strict party” in the deal because of sanctions against Iran.
“The big question before us is: How do we (proceed) with the United States?” Rouhani said in his inaugural speech at the parliament building, marking the end of Iran’s first and only peaceful presidential election. “And that means we have to raise the bar on the level of negotiations.”
He said “Iran will not talk about the nuclear deal … in order to get rid of the economic sanctions.” But he noted that Rouhani, while in office, discussed the possibility of restarting the talks with President Donald Trump in several telephone conversations.