Russian Negotiator Claims Progress In Vienna Talks

A top Russian diplomat said on Wednesday that progress is visible in Vienna talks on Iran’s nuclear deal as the main stumbling blocks are becoming clearer.

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said that intensive informal consultations are under way in Vienna within the framework of talks to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program.

Ulyanov, who is also head of Russian negotiator, said the eighth round of Vienna talks continues with the focus of removing US sanctions on Iran and also accelerating steps to restore JCPOA.

Ulyanov said he met with Iran’s chief negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani on Tuesday, discussing the main issues that are yet to be settled in the course of the negotiations.

Ulyanov also said he met with European Union Coordinator Enrique Mora and US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley, where they discussed the current situation and possible further steps.

The eighth round of talks continues in Vienna with diplomats from the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China making efforts to reach a deal between Iran and the US.

Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018 amid putting limitations on Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions by the US.

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