Iran reports 'satisfactory' progress in Vienna talks

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Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani is seen leaving the Coburg Palais in Vienna on December 3, 2021.
JOE KLAMAR / AFPIran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani is seen leaving the Coburg Palais in Vienna on December 3, 2021.

'Relatively satisfactory progress has been made over the first days of the eighth round of talks'

Ongoing talks in Vienna to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran have seen “relatively satisfactory progress,” Iran’s negotiator Ali Bagheri said Thursday.

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“Some written changes on the lifting of sanctions were established between the two parties and relatively satisfactory progress has been made over the first days of the eighth round of negotiations,” Bagheri said in a video published by Tasnim news agency.

His remarks come two days after negotiators from Britain, France and Germany described the talks as “urgent,” warning that “we are nearing the point where Iran’s escalation of its nuclear program will have completely hollowed out” the deal.

Negotiations to restore the 2015 agreement began earlier this year but stopped in June as Iran elected a new ultraconservative government. They resumed in late November with the latest round getting underway on Monday.

The 2015 deal offered Iran much-needed relief from sanctions that have weighed heavily on its economy.

But the unilateral withdrawal by then-US president Donald Trump derailed the deal and prompted Tehran to walk back on its commitments under it.

Iran had announced in April that it had begun enriching uranium up to 60 percent purity, well beyond the 3.67 percent threshold set by the pact. Uranium enriched to 90 percent purity is considered weapons-grade.

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