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Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Deal Closer ‘Than Ever’

Following 11 months of negotiations, Iran and the United States are now saying that the ball is in the other’s court to revive the accord.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian is seen during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian is seen during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic and world powers are closer than ever to reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.

“If the U.S. acts pragmatically, we are ready to have foreign ministers of countries belonging to the nuclear deal’s joint commission gather in Vienna to finalise the agreement,” Amirabdollahian said during a press conference in Damascus alongside his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad.

“We believe that today we are closer to an agreement in Vienna than ever before.”

Following 11 months of negotiations, Iran and the United States are now saying that the ball is in the other’s court to revive the accord, which would curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting tough sanctions on Iran’s economy.

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