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Iran, Russia Upbeat About Progress of Nuclear Talks in Vienna

Iran refuses to meet directly with U.S. officials, meaning that other parties to the deal — Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union — must shuttle between the two sides.
Iran, Russia Upbeat about Progress of Nuclear Talks in Vienna
People walk outside The Hotel Palais Coburg, where talks resumed on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – in Vienna, Dec. 27, 2021.

Voice of America

Iran and Russia sounded upbeat about talks on salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, with Tehran saying an accord was possible if other parties showed “good faith” and a Russian negotiator reporting “indisputable progress.”

Iran and the United States resumed the indirect talks in Vienna on Monday, with Tehran focused on one side of the original bargain — lifting sanctions against it — despite what critics see as scant progress on reining in its atomic activities.

“The Vienna talks are headed in a good direction… We believe that if other parties continue the round of talks which just started with good faith, reaching a good agreement for all parties is possible,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters in Tehran.

“If they show seriousness, in addition to the good faith, arriving at a deal soon and in the near future is conceivable,” Amirabdollahian said in a video of his remarks on state media.

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