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Iran still not ready to speak directly to US at talks in Vienna — Russian envoy

Mikhail Ulyanov stated that the working process aimed at the return to the JCPOA could be considered launched

VIENNA, November 29. TASS/. The new Iranian delegation taking part in the Vienna talks on restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program is not ready to directly speak to the US delegation, Russian Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international organizations Mikhail Ulyanov told journalists on Monday.

"Nothing has changed here," Ulyanov said in reply to the question whether the new delegation was ready for direct negotiations with US representatives in Vienna.

The Russian envoy stated that the working process aimed at the return to the JCPOA could be considered launched. It will not be easy due to major differences between Iran and Western participants on many items, the diplomat warned.

"However, today’s discussions and our separate conversations with US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley showed that all without exception seek to achieve a positive result. This is the most important precondition for the successful continuation and completion of talks," he explained.

"There is no and there cannot be a reasonable alternative to the restoration of the JCPOA. All participants confirmed this today, including the Iranians and Americans," Ulyanov stressed.