(Reuters) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that Iran was serious about nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna after its chief negotiator said important differences remained, state media reported.
Indirect talks between the United States and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal are taking place in the Austrian capital. Diplomats from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and China are working to promote dialogue between the two sides, as Tehran refuses direct contact with Washington.
A European source, who declined to be named, indicated on Friday that Iran had agreed to continue talks where they left off in June. Iranian authorities deny this.
Under the original agreement, which US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, Iran limited its nuclear program in exchange for relief from US, European Union and United Nations sanctions.
“The fact that we presented the text of the Iranian proposal to the negotiating parties shows that we are serious about negotiations, and if the other party is also serious about lifting (US) sanctions, we will reach a good agreement,” Raisi said. . , according to the IRNA news agency.
But Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said on Saturday that many issues remained unresolved at the Vienna talks.
“There are still several points of contention that require high-level decisions and are still unresolved,” Ali Bagheri Kani told state television.
A year after Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran, Tehran has begun to gradually violate the nuclear limits of the agreement. Iran wants to lift all sanctions.
Baqeri Kani told Reuters on Friday that Tehran was consistent in the position presented last week.
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