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Iran will quit if Vienna nuclear talks get lengthy

Senior officials from all signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are in the Austrian capital, Vienna, discussing ways to revive the accord.

Three weeks on, there's no tangible progress in the discussions.

Iran's top negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said if Iran feels the other parties are trying to buy time, Tehran will leave the talks.

In his weekly briefing, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said there will be no agreement without an all-inclusive agreement.

The Vienna talks have so far failed to lead to concrete results as the US insists on pushing its own narrative, pressing for a step-for-step removal of the sanctions.

Tehran has categorically rejected such a plan in the first place, saying Washington needs to verifiably remove all sanctions before Iran returns to full compliance.

Officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal has survived almost three years of unilateral US sanctions on Iran, since the former US administration discarded the accord in 2018.

Iran in return reduced its own commitments as a tit-for-tat measure by adopting a stepwise suspension of its nuclear commitments.

The last remedial step involved ramping up the purity level of enriched Uranium to 60 percent, above the three-point-six percent cap set by the deal.

As the Vienna discussions are becoming sluggish, Tehran says there's no reason for prolonged negotiations.

Iranian officials say the path is clear: the US must terminate all its anti-Iran sanctions before Tehran returns to full compliance; period. Otherwise, Iran will simply quit the talks.

Source: Press TV


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