Iran’s deputy foreign minister met with the EU’s Joint Commission coordinator and emphasised the importance of “effective lifting of sanctions and normalisation of trade and economic relations between other countries and Iran”, while asserting that “Iran will not relinquish its demand for a guarantee that negligence and illegal behaviour on [the] part of other sides will not happen again”. The Iranian diplomat subsequently announced that “we agree to start negotiations before the end of November”. A U.S. diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “we are prepared to return to Vienna, and we believe that it remains possible to quickly reach and implement an understanding to return to full mutual [JCPOA] compliance… This window will not remain open forever as Iran continues to take provocative nuclear steps, so we hope that they come to Vienna to negotiate quickly and in good faith”. The same day, Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian maintained that “we don’t want to enter the Vienna negotiations from the deadlock point of the Vienna negotiations [in June]”.
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