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Iran says ‘optimistic’ after EU proposal for nuclear deal

Iran says it remains “optimistic” about a possible revival of the 2015 nuclear deal after the European Union put forth a proposal aiming for a compromise in the talks stalled since March.

“We remain optimistic that the negotiation process will lead us to a logical and reasonable outcome,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani says at his weekly news conference.

The comment comes after EU foreign policy chief and coordinator of the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, Josep Borrell, last Tuesday submitted a new draft text and urged the sides to accept it or “risk a dangerous nuclear crisis.”

Negotiations in Vienna began in April 2021 to restore the deal, but have stalled since March amid differences between Tehran and Washington on several issues.

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