Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume on Thursday, Iranian Media Report

Iran's top negotiator says 'we await practical steps by the West,' after Vienna talks broke off with European officials voicing dismay at Tehran's sweeping demands

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Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani at a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, last month.
Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani at a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, last monCredit: EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERS

Indirect U.S.-Iranian talks on saving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume on Thursday in Vienna, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.

"We will continue the talks on Thursday ... and await practical steps by the West," Iran's top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani was quoted as telling Iranian media during a visit to Moscow by the semi-official news agency ISNA.

Tasnim news agency earlier said Bagheri Kani finalized the date of the resumption of the talks after contacting European Union coordinator Enrique Mora.

Later on Tuesday, France's foreign minister said he expected nuclear talks between Iran and world powers to resume on Thursday, but after last week he had not been encouraged and feared Iran's new negotiating was trying to gain time.

"The elements today of the discussion that re-started are not very encouraging because we have the feeling the Iranians want to make it last and the longer the talks last, the more they go back on their commitments ... and get closer to capacity to get a nuclear weapon."

He said talks were likely to resume on Thursday despite no advances last week, but he hoped things would take a positive turn otherwise it could lead to a "serious situation".

The talks broke off on Friday as European officials voiced dismay at sweeping demands by Iran's new, hardline government.

The seventh round of talks in Vienna is the first with delegates sent by Iran's anti-Western President Ebrahim Raisi on how to resuscitate the agreement under which Iran limited its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the reports by U.S. or Iranian officials.

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