S.Korean Minister speaks with US envoy regarding JCPOA restoration

Choi Jong-kun, South Korea’s First Vice Foreign minister, and Robert Malley, the US special envoy to Iran, spoke by phone on Thursday to discuss cooperation in negotiations to restore 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Choi issued a statement from the Foreign Ministry here reiterating South Korea’s commitment of providing support for the resumption negotiations “in consideration the importance of Seoul–Tehran relations”.

Malley requested that Seoul continue to play a constructive role in efforts to restart the negotiations.

Former President Donald Trump’s US government withdrew the agreement in May 2018, and unilaterally imposed sanctions against Iran.

Iran responded by gradually stopping implementation of parts of the agreement starting May 2019.

Tehran reiterated its intention to “re-embrace” its reduced commitments in the event Washington does so.

On April 6, the JCPOA Joint Committee met in Vienna to continue discussions regarding a possible US return to the agreement.

Six rounds of talks ended on June 20 and there are still serious differences between Iran’s government and the US over restoring the agreement.