Efforts to Speed Up Iran, U.S. Return to Compliance With Nuke Deal Underway, Russia Says

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Delegation members from the parties to the Iran nuclear deal, Vienna, April 2021.
Delegation members from the parties to the Iran nuclear deal, Vienna, April 2021.Credit: HANDOUT - AFP
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The parties negotiating a revival of the Iran nuclear deal agreed on Tuesday to speed up efforts to bring the United States and Iran back into compliance, Russia's envoy to the talks said.

"The discussions proved that participants are guided by the unity of purpose which is full restoration of the nuclear deal in its original form," Mikhail Ulyanov, Moscow's ambassador to the UN atomic watchdog. said on Twitter after senior diplomats met in Vienna. "It was decided to expedite the process."

Iran and world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - have been meeting in Vienna to hammer out steps that would be needed if the agreement, which was abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018, is to be revived.

But last week, a senior U.S. official said Washington, through intermediaries, had presented Iran with three baskets of sanctions: those it’s prepared to lift, those it’s not prepared to lift and those that will require further study to determine if they are in fact appropriate for relief under the nuclear deal. The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the discussions.

The official declined to specify which sanctions fall into which baskets but said the third group is the most problematic. That’s because it includes measures that current officials believe may have been imposed by the previous administration simply to complicate any potential return to the deal. 

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