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Iranian FM: Nuclear deal ‘within reach’ if West shows goodwill, ball in US court

Iran’s top diplomat says that an agreement to revive his country’s nuclear deal with world powers is “within reach” but it depends on the goodwill of the West.

The ball is now in Washington’s court, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says.

The Coburg Palais, the venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) revival talks, in Vienna on November 29, 2021. (VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP)

Amir-Abdollahian says on Twitter that negotiations in Vienna are “proceeding with seriousness” and the removal of sanctions is a “fundamental priority.”

The talks resumed on Monday after Iran paused them in June following the election of ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi.

European diplomats warned on Tuesday that “we don’t have the luxury to spend time on niceties” and they will assess the “seriousness” of Iran’s position in the next 48 hours.

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