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Iran nuclear talks in Vienna to restart with EU mediation

As representatives from Iran and the United States return to Vienna for a new round of discussions mediated by the European Union, talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers are set to resume.

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As representatives from Iran and the United States return to Vienna for a new round of discussions mediated by the European Union, talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers are set to resume.

In addition to top negotiators from Tehran and Washington, the EU’s coordinator for the talks, Enrique Mora, reportedly headed back to the Austrian capital on Wednesday for indirect talks that are expected to begin on Thursday.

The original format of the talks to restore the nuclear accord in April 2021 will be reconvened with the additional participation of China, Russia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Talks would “resume shortly” and Russian negotiators “stand ready for constructive talks in order to finalize the agreement,” Russia’s chief negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov wrote on Twitter.

A text proposed by the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell two weeks ago will be the basis of discussions, Mora said in a tweet, with the bloc’s representative once more performing shuttle diplomacy between Iran and the US.

Tehran is serious about achieving a sustainable agreement, Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani said in a statement on Wednesday, additionally stating hope that “the other parties will also create the conditions for effectively progressing the talks through adopting necessary decisions and seriously focusing on resolving remaining issues.”

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