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Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:38 PM

Iran Says Nuclear Talks 'Constructive' as Sides to Meet Again

Apr 06, 2021

Iran said talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at restoring its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers had been “constructive,” but stuck to its demand that the U.S. first remove all sanctions for real progress to be possible.

Speaking after the discussions, lead Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi said diplomats will meet again in the Austrian capital on Friday to continue negotiations. But he said Tehran had rejected a “ridiculous” U.S. proposal to release $1 billion of frozen Iranian oil revenues in exchange for Iran suspending its production of 20% enriched uranium. Iran has about $7 billion in payments for oil shipments to South Korea locked in accounts in the East Asian country by U.S. banking sanctions.

The snub signaled how far apart the two main protagonists are — Iran is insisting that Washington must first guarantee the full removal of sanctions for it to scale back its enrichment activity, while the Biden White House has ruled out any “unilateral gestures.”


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