New players enter Vienna, suggesting progress in sanctions removal

While Iran and the P4+1 have been holding negotiations in consecutive, lengthy meetings in the Austrian capital in recent days, new delegations from other stakeholders have entered the city to meet negotiating parties.


According to Ashura News, quoted by the IRNA news agency, The P4+1, i.e. China, France, Russia, the UK, and Germany, and Iran teams in Vienna continued to hold bilateral and multilateral meetings on Tuesday, following a week of diplomatic effort as the eight round of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

A new development that produced hype among reporters stationed across Palais Coburg, where negotiations take place, was the arrival of delegations from two countries not directly involved in the talks.

A delegation from South Korea headed by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choi Jong Kun arrived in Vienna "to explore ways to resolve the issue of frozen Iranian assets in Korea", the Korean government said in a statement.

The Korean delegation will be "holding consultations with Iran as well as engaging in close coordination and communication with the United States, the European Union and the E3", according to the statement.

Iran has 9.2 billion dollars of funds blocked in South Korean banks due to sanctions resumed by the US against Iran after Washington withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018.

It was heard that a delegation of Saudi Arabian diplomats entered Vienna Marriott Hotel, where the American team usually hold their meetings with the P4+1.

Unconfirmed news suggests that the Saudi delegation has met US' Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley and the representative of E3 have been in the meeting.

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