Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi leaves after a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in Vienna, Austria
Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi leaves after a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in Vienna, Austria
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European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araqchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria

Caution on Iran nuclear deal as G7 leaders vow to stop bomb

Diplomats warn negotiations with Iran still need more time after EU coordinators suggest differences over 2015 accord limiting Iran's nuclear activities had narrowed further

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Published: 06.13.21, 23:49
Diplomats from outside the European Union cautioned Sunday that negotiations with Iran to salvage a landmark nuclear deal still need more time, as leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations reaffirmed a commitment to stop the Islamic republic from building nuclear weapons.
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  • Iranian envoys held another round of negotiations with international delegations in Vienna a day after EU coordinators suggested that differences over the 2015 accord limiting Iran's nuclear activities had narrowed further. But Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state media he thought a deal was unlikely to emerge in the coming week. A diplomat from Russia also said more time was needed to work out details.
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    European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria
    European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria
    European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araqchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria
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    The Vienna meetings are aimed at rebuilding a nuclear containment agreement between Iran and major world powers that the Trump administration withdrew the United States from in 2018.
    U.S. President Joe Biden and other G-7 leaders expressed support for the Vienna process after a three-day summit in southwest England that ended Sunday. The G-7 nations are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    "We are committed to ensuring that Iran will never develop a nuclear weapon," the leaders said in a joint statement.
    "A restored and fully-implemented (nuclear deal) could also pave the way to further address regional and security concerns," the statement said.
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     Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi leaves after a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in Vienna, Austria
     Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi leaves after a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in Vienna, Austria
    Araqchi leaves after a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in Vienna, Austria
    (Photo: EPA)
    A resolution would see Iran return to commitments made in 2015, aimed at making the development of a nuclear weapon impossible, in exchange for lighter U.S. sanctions.
    Sunday's bilateral meetings followed joint negotiations held Saturday involving senior diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia, and Britain. The United States was not directly involved.
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