MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. A deadlock in negotiations on restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program may lead to "uncontrolled escalation," Russian Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Wednesday.
"The deadlock at the Vienna Talks on restoration of the JCPOA is fraught with uncontrolled escalation," the Russian diplomat wrote on his Telegram channel.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said earlier Iran’s stance on a number of issues complicates the process of reaching an agreement on JCPOA.
In 2015, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the "Iran Nuclear Deal," with Tehran, which was supposed to help address the crisis around Iranian nuclear developments. Former US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from this agreement. The current US leader Joe Biden has repeatedly signaled the readiness to bring Washington back into the nuclear deal.
Since April 2021, Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US and France have been negotiating with Iran on the restoration of the JCPOA in its original form. On November 10, 2022, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said that talks with Iranian representatives in Vienna ended without any result.