U.S. and Iran will talk in Vienna next week – from separate rooms

by Peter Heck · Apr 3rd, 2021 10:01 am

Last Updated Apr 4th, 2021 at 8:34 am

The United States and Iran are planning to hold "proximity talks" next week, meaning that both countries will send diplomats to Vienna but will work towards ending a stalemate between the two sides from different rooms.

Six other major world powers including, France, the UK, European Union, Germany, Russia, and China, are all still working directly with Iran to try to bring them to a point of agreement with the United States that would allow the Americans to lift sanctions against the Islamic state.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi signaled the cold relations between his country and the United States when he told the other diplomats that he had no intention of dealing with America.

"If the Americans are in Vienna at the same time and you want to talk to them, it's okay with us, but we will not meet them," Araghchi reportedly said.

The E3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) have all pressured the Iranians to stop stonewalling the Americans, suggesting that the Biden administration was being "more than reasonable" with them.

Still, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that there would be "no Iran-U.S. meeting" in Vienna, as it was "unnecessary."


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