Iran says nuclear talks with six powers to resume by end November




  • In US
  • 2021-10-27 17:45:34Z
  • By Reuters
 

By Parisa Hafezi

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's talks with six world powers aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal will resume by the end of November, its top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday, as Western concerns over the Islamic Republic's nuclear advances grow.

"Had a very serious & constructive dialogue with @enriquemora_ on the essential elements for successful negotiations. We agree to start negotiations before the end of November," Ali Bagheri Kani wrote on Twitter after meeting EU officials in Brussels.

"Exact date would be announced in the course of the next week," he added.

In April, Tehran and six powers started to discuss ways to salvage the 2015 nuclear pact, which three years ago then-U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned. Trump then reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran that have devastated its economy by squeezing its oil exports.

But the talks have been on hold since the election of Iran's hardline President Ebrahim Raisi in June, who is expected to take a tough approach if the talks resume in Vienna.

Raisi, like Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wants results-oriented talks aimed at bringing Tehran and Washington back into full compliance with the pact.

In response to Trump's pressure, Tehran has gradually breached the deal by rebuilding stockpiles of enriched uranium, refining it to higher fissile purity and installing advanced centrifuges to speed up output.

For months, Western powers have urged Iran to return to negotiations and said time is running out as Tehran's nuclear programme advances well beyond the limits set by the deal.

U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said on Monday that efforts to revive the pact were at a "critical phase" and Tehran's reasons for avoiding talks were wearing thin.

After six round of talks in Vienna, Tehran and Washington still disagree on which steps need to be taken and when, with the key issues being what nuclear limits Tehran will accept and what sanctions Washington will remove.

"America's return to the deal does not matter to us. What is important is that the outcome of talks be in Iran's favour," Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said in a televised news conference.

He repeated Iran's demand for the release of its assets frozen because of U.S. sanctions.

"(U.S. President Joe) Biden has to put his goodwill into practice by for instance releasing $10 billion of Iran's blocked assets," Amirabdollahian said.

Iran has been unable to access tens of billions of dollars of its assets in foreign banks, mainly from exports of oil and gas, due to U.S. sanctions on its banking and energy sectors.

(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom, Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alison Williams, Timothy Heritage and Hugh Lawson)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Western negotiators tell Iran new nuclear proposals are "not serious"
Western negotiators tell Iran new nuclear proposals are "not serious"
  • World
  • 2021-12-03 10:34:45Z

The nuclear negotiators for the E3 - France, Germany and the U.K. - told Iranian negotiators in coordination with the U.S. that the opening proposals they...

Biden blasted for reviving Trump
Biden blasted for reviving Trump's Remain in Mexico policy

Activists warn restoring 'Remain in Mexico' at the border will result in "torture, rape, and death".

2 election workers in Georgia who were targeted by Trump allies over false fraud claims are suing a right-wing website for defamation
2 election workers in Georgia who were targeted by Trump allies over false fraud claims are suing a right-wing website for defamation

The lawsuit says The Gateway Pundit engaged in a "campaign of lies" that led to the women receiving death threats and racist attacks.

Senators propose sanctions against Iran over alleged plot to kidnap US journalist
Senators propose sanctions against Iran over alleged plot to kidnap US journalist
  • World
  • 2021-12-02 21:46:17Z

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Thursday announced legislation that would propose sanctions be placed on Iran over an alleged plot to...

OnPolitics: The White House
OnPolitics: The White House's new COVID-19 strategy for this winter

President Joe Biden revealed his winter strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic as the omicron variant spreads in America.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US