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All sides willing to work seriously on nuke deal, top EU negotiator says

EU diplomat Enrique Mora says all sides at nuclear talks in Vienna are showing “a clear will to work toward the successful end of this negotiation.”

“It’s a very good sign… We will be working very seriously in the days and weeks ahead… It’s going to be very difficult,” Mora tells reporters after the eighth round of indirect talks between Iran and the US on restoring the nuclear deal began.

Mora says negotiators will work through the week, but adjourn from Friday to Sunday for logistical reasons. They are expecting to resume Monday next week, he said.

Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora speaks to journalists after a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on December 27, 2021. (ALEX HALADA / AFP)

Moscow’s ambassador to the UN in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, says on Twitter that negotiators “held businesslike and result-oriented discussions.”

“In particular, they agreed to intensify the drafting process in order to achieve an agreement ASAP,” he says.

Earlier Monday, he said it was the “presumably final round of negotiations.”

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