Iran Chief Negotiator Says Good Progress Made in Nuclear Talks

Iran’s Chief of Negotiator Ali Bagheri said that good progress had been made in recent days in Vienna talks and both sides will meet again after a break for a few days.

Bagheri said he met with EU’s Chief Negotiator, Enrique Mora, where they took stock of the situation and discussed the way forward.

“We have made good progress this week. We will convene a Joint Commission today and will continue talks after a break of a few days,” Ali Bagheri said in a tweet, without giving further details on the progress.

Western powers have warned that it would be the last chance for Iran to revive a 2015 deal under which Iran vowed to reduce its nuclear capabilities in exchange for sanctions relief.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, Germany, Britain, and France, all signatories of the nuclear deal along with Russia and China, said that “the diplomatic door is firmly open for Iran to do a deal now.”

“Iran has to choose between the collapse of the JCPOA and a fair and comprehensive deal, for the benefit of the Iranian people and nation,” the statement added.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned last week that the resumed talks were Iran’s “last chance to come to the negotiating table with a serious resolution.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi in a joint statement with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami on Thursday, announced they have reached an agreement to replace the damaged cameras at an Iranian nuclear complex that was hit by the alleged Israeli act of sabotage. 

Iran said one of four IAEA cameras there was destroyed in the attack, and it later removed all the cameras.

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