Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said the negotiations took a break on Sunday afternoon so that the participants could consult with the capitals concerned.
It is not entirely clear when negotiations will resume, but the EU representative told Reuters that there is a clearer picture today of the political situation in Iran to reach an agreement.
Enrique Mora told reporters that he believed that success had been achieved and that it would only be possible to decide in the next session how close it was to a settlement.
But the United States notes that there are still differences of opinion on critical issues.
There is still a long way to go when it comes to important issues. Among them are sanctions (targeting Iran) and promises about Iran’s nuclear energy that the country must make, US government security adviser Jake Sullivan tells ABC Media.
Discussions began in April with the goal of reformulating some form of a nuclear energy agreement with Iran. The agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was signed in 2015, has been torn apart by the United States under President Donald Trump. Sanctions were imposed on Iran at the same time.
Signals from Washington
Successor Joe Biden has demonstrated his willingness to return to a multilateral solution aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. At the same time, negotiations were awaiting the presidential elections in Iran, where the rulers could witness the election of their main candidate.
Meetings between Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and Iran have been held in the Austrian capital Vienna since April. The United States has been involved indirectly through proxies.
Iran’s representatives broadcasted success during the meeting.
“Now we are closer to an agreement than ever before, but the distance between us and the solution remains, and bringing them together is not easy,” chief Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state television from Vienna after the meeting.
He said it was up to the “other party”, the United States, to “bridging the gaps”
Israel has so far opposed the nuclear deal between Iran and the group of six countries that negotiated it. Israel also has a new political leadership, with newly appointed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett replacing Benjamin Netanyahu.
But Bennett shows no sign of changing Israel’s attitude toward Iran. After President Raisi’s election victory, Bennett wrote that Iran with Raisi as president would be “a regime of brutal torturers” with whom the nations of the world should not negotiate a nuclear energy agreement.
Facts: Iran agreement
The JCPOA nuclear agreement was signed in 2015 by Iran and what is known as the “P5+1” – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (France, China, the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States) and Germany.
The agreement aimed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – after decades of global fear of it.
In return, international sanctions against Iran will be lifted. Among other things, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provided insight into Iran’s nuclear energy program at the same time that it was significantly curtailed.
But in 2018, US President Donald Trump left the agreement and since then it has cracked badly. The United States has reimposed severe sanctions on the country, affecting the chances of other countries to trade with Iran.