(7.12.2018) As talks resumed on Friday, Iran continued to refuse to accept wording that it would ‘cut’ and insisted on ‘exemption’, remaining the only sticking point in the OPEC negotiations, while the deal broker, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak, flew in from Moscow for the non-OPEC part meeting, and sat down for separate talks with each of oil ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bijan Zangeneh and Khalid al-Falih, respectively.
(7.12.2018) The countries gathered in Vienna are part of the so-called OPEC+ super-cartel, which includes ten non-OPEC members such as Russia and Kazakhstan. Together, they possess unprecedented influence over the world economy, controlling 55% of global oil supplies and 90% of proven reserves.
President Rouhani referred to the proposed package of the three European countries for continuation of the nuclear deal and stressed the importance of serious attention to Iran’s demands in tomorrow’s meeting of foreign ministers of 5 European countries in Vienna for continuation of cooperation.
President described the package proposed by the three European countries on the nuclear deal disappointing and said: “If the process of European foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna, which is aimed at encouraging Iran to cooperate, is promising, we will continue our cooperation with Europe”.
Expecting EU/E3+2 counterparts to make verifiable & actionable commitments rather than lofty & obscure promises. Make no mistake: Sanctions & JCPOA compliance are mutually exclusive.
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The officials will meet in Vienna in the coming week under the leadership of senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid to discuss next steps after the May 8 decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of a 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper said, citing senior EU sources.
A Joint Commission meeting will be held in Vienna next week as a follow up, to continue working on key areas of implementation of the JCPOA.