Iran Deal signatories meet to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord as the Islamic Republic’s economy continues to grapple with U.S. sanctions.
Diplomats from Iran, China, Russia, and the European Union met in Vienna over the weekend in an effort to salvage the otherwise dwindling framework.
European leaders urged Iran to abide by the nuclear deal’s terms just weeks after reports surfaced the Islamic Republic surpassed the limit on low-enriched uranium and enriched it beyond the deal’s terms.
The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister weighed in on the meetings calling the dialogue “constructive” saying the remaining signatories are committed to upholding the accord.
The meetings come about one month after the latest round of discussions took place in Vienna as Iran urged its European counterparts to buy Iranian oil or even loan the Islamic Republic funding as it continues to struggle with U.S. sanctions.
Iran reportedly floated the idea of bartering with the other nations involved in an effort to trade without violating American sanctions targeting Tehran.
Officials are planning to meet again to hold further discussions in the near future, although it is unclear when those talks will take place.
Meanwhile over the weekend, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization reported the Islamic Republic had already enriched 24 tons of uranium in recent years.
President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear accord last year, which has prompted mounting tension between the U.S. and Iran.
The president cited the deal’s faulty terms and poor negotiations as grounds for the removal.