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Nuclear talks to resume based on joint document, Iranian FM says

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Vienna talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal would resume with the eighth round within the scope of a new joint document.

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On Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stated that the eighth round of nuclear talks would take place in Vienna within the scope of a new joint document that includes Iran’s pivotal demands like guarantees and verification on the removal of sanctions.

Speaking to reporters in the Iranian capital Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian said the sides had reached an agreement on an “acceptable” mutual document that comprises negotiation points on sanctions and nuclear issues.

Referring to a text that was settled at the end of the sixth round of talks in the Austrian capital, the top Iranian diplomat said, “We have set aside the June 2021 document and have agreed on a new joint document, and talks will begin today around that document.”

The eighth round of nuclear negotiations aiming to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, namely the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is expected to begin on November 27 after a 10-day break following the end of the previous talks that launched in late November.

“The important issue for us is that under these terms and issues, we will reach a point where Iran can easily, and without bounds, sell its oil and the oil money would land in Iranian bank accounts in foreign currencies and we can use all economic benefits in different sectors,” Amir-Abdollahian added.

Under the terms agreed in the JCPOA, Iran used to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. However, Tehran has started not to deliver its commitments and used advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium up to 60 percent following the US withdrawal from the agreement and impose sanctions on Iran in 2018.

Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami told a Russian news agency that his country would not surpass that level of enrichment even if the nuclear negotiations fail.

Although the US and the European parties to the JCPOA prefer to reach a quick result from the negotiations because of Iran’s nuclear advancements, an unnamed Iranian source who is close to Iran’s negotiation team stated that “fabricated deadlines” to conclude the Vienna talks would not be taken into consideration and Iran is ready to remain in Vienna until a favorable agreement is reached.

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