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Raisi says Iran ‘absolutely serious’ about upcoming nuclear talks

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses the parliament in Tehran on November 16, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses the parliament in Tehran on November 16, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is “absolutely serious” about nuclear talks expected to resume late this month, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi tells his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call today.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is absolutely serious about the negotiations and we are equally serious about our people’s rights to have sanctions lifted,” Raisi says, according to a statement published on the presidency’s website.

His remarks come a day after Tehran invited the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, to visit and meet Iran’s foreign minister, after the UN official expressed concern over lack of contact with Iranian officials.

Nuclear talks, which have been on hold since Raisi’s election in June, are set to resume in Vienna on November 29 in a bid to revive a 2015 deal that offered Tehran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear activity.

The deal was torpedoed when the US unilaterally pulled out of it in 2018 under the administration of president Donald Trump.

The other parties to the deal — Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France — will participate in the Vienna talks in the presence of European negotiator Enrique Mora.

The US will meanwhile take part in the negotiations indirectly.

According to a Kremlin statement, Putin expressed hopes “that the talks scheduled for late November will be constructive.”

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