DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday that European countries had not made constructive proposals to help revive a 2015 nuclear deal, after Britain said there was still time for Tehran to save him but it was the last chance.
Talks have resumed in Vienna in an attempt to revive the nuclear pact, with both sides trying to assess the prospects for success after the latest exchanges in the stop-start negotiations.
“European parties are failing to come up with initiatives to resolve disputes over the removal of sanctions (against Iran),” senior Iranian negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said, according to Iranian state broadcaster Press TV. He was referring to Britain, France and Germany, which are among the great powers trying to save the deal.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said earlier on Sunday: “This is the last chance for Iran to come to the negotiating table with a serious resolution to this issue, which must be agreed with the terms of the JCPOA (nuclear deal). “
“This is their last chance and it is vital that they do so. We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” Truss said.
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Germany said on Saturday time was running out to find a way to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.
Speaking after meetings with her G7 counterparts in Liverpool, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Iran had resumed talks with a position that postponed negotiations for six months.
Under an original deal then US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, Iran curtailed its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief from the United States, the European Union and the UN.
The current round of talks in Vienna follows a five-month hiatus following the election of Ebrahim Raisi as Iranian president.
Iranian officials have previously said they are sticking to their firm position.
Raisi said on Saturday that Tehran was serious about its nuclear talks in Vienna.
(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom and William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and Jane Merriman)
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