Macron Says Iran Nuclear Talks Not 'Successful' as First Round Ends

The seventh round of indirect talks between Iran and the United States on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ended Friday and will resume in the middle of next week

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Deputy Secretary General of EEAS Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria last week
Deputy Secretary General of EEAS Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria last weekCredit: EU Delegation in Vienna/Reuters
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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday it appeared that the current round of nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna had not been successful, and suggested there would be a delay before the next round took place.

"I think it's probable that this round of negotiations, given the positions, does not succeed," Macron told reporters in Dubai. "It is most likely that these negotiations do not continue in the short term."

The seventh round of indirect talks between Iran and the United States on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which began this week, ended on Friday with a formal meeting of the remaining parties to the deal, European and Iranian officials said.

The talks will resume in the middle of next week, the talks' coordinator, European Union official Enrique Mora, and China's top envoy to the negotiations, Wang Qun, told reporters.

The meeting of Iran, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China is in a format known as the Joint Commission which has bookended previous rounds of talks.

"The Europeans want to return to their capitals for consultations ... We are ready to stay in Vienna for further talks," an Iranian official close to the talks told Reuters.

On the fourth day of indirect U.S.-Iran talks on bringing both nations fully back into the deal, the United States and Iran both sounded pessimistic about the chances of reinstating the deal, which former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.

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