Talks to salvage Iran’s nuclear deal resume in Vienna

Vienna, Dec 27 (EFE).- Iran and the world’s major powers on Monday resumed talks to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, which limits the Islamic Republic’s atomic program in exchange for the easing of international sanctions.

The United States is expected to take part in the eighth round of talks indirectly.

Alongside Iran, the other signatories of the pact — China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom — will participate with the coordination of Enrique Mora, political director of the European External Action Service.

The delegations of Russia, China and Iran met on Monday to “compare notes” before the Vienna talks, which will kick off later in the day, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s representative in the talks, said on Twitter.

At the end of the seventh round, Mora warned that they were running out of time to reactivate the agreement that was signed in 2015 after years of negotiations.

In 2018, former US president Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, which in return downsized its commitment to its obligations.

The talks aim to convince Washington to return to the agreement and Tehran to comply with the nuclear limits established in the deal.

Iranian foreign minister Hussein Amir Abdolahian on Monday said in Tehran that lifting the sanctions on the oil sector was essential for the deal to work. EFE


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