Iran says Vienna nuclear talks were “constructive”

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A view of a street in Tehran, Iran on April 6, 2021. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A view of a street in Tehran, Iran on April 6, 2021. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Iran and major powers will continue to pursue ways to revive the 2015 nuclear deal which Washington abandoned in 2018 under Donald Trump’s administration.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state television on Tuesday that the talks held in Vienna “were constructive.”

Another meeting is scheduled for Friday.

Araqchi however noted that Tehran would not suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20% fissile purity in return for the release of $1 billion of its funds blocked in other countries due to sanctions.

While announcing his administration’s pullout of the deal, Trump labelled it “one-sided… and defective at its core.”

The deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA includes five other nations – China, the UK, France, Germany and Russia.

(With input from agencies)

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