Talks ‘intensify’ on bringing US back to Iran nuclear deal

Published May 8, 2021
Iran's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kazem Gharib Abadi leaves the 'Grand Hotel Wien' where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria on Friday. — AP
Iran's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kazem Gharib Abadi leaves the 'Grand Hotel Wien' where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria on Friday. — AP

VIENNA: World powers held a fourth round of high-level talks on Friday aimed at bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, with both sides signalling a willingness to work out the major stumbling blocks.

The talks began in Austria in early April. Russian delegate Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted following Friday’s meeting that the participants agreed on the need to intensify the process.

The delegations seem to be ready to stay in Vienna as long as necessary to achieve the goal, he wrote.

The US pulled out of the landmark 2015 deal in 2018 after then-President Donald Trump said the pact needed to be renegotiated. The deal had promised Iran economic incentives in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, and the Trump administration reimposed heavy sanctions on the Islamic republic in an unsuccessful attempt to bring Tehran into new talks.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2021

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