Iran nuclear negotiations continue in Vienna

Vienna, Apr 20 (EFE).- Talks to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement crafted to constrain Iran’s nuclear program continued on Tuesday, amid cautious optimism to reach a possible solution in the coming weeks.

Joint meetings among delegations from Iran, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany were held early on the day in the Austrian capital, with the United States taking part indirectly through mediators.

The accord has been hanging by a thread since 2018 when then-president Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal. Since then, Tehran has been increasingly violating terms stipulated in the agreement.

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabie said the Islamic republic would not be giving any concessions to the ongoing talks, which kicked off two weeks ago in Vienna.

Rabie underlined that reviving the nuclear deal would take place in a short period of time, if the US lifted all sanctions it imposed on Iran.

On Monday, US special envoy to Iran Robert Malley met with the Russian delegation to discuss steps to remove sanctions on Iran and facilitate its return to the deal commitments.

Last week, Iran announced it began enriching its uranium supply up to 60%, igniting fears over the country’s ability to develop nuclear weapons.

This came after Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment site was hit by an act of sabotage that Tehran blamed on Israel.

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s top diplomat, said on Monday the talks were making progress, adding parties were showing willingness to salvage the deal.EFE


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