‘Right direction’: Iran nuclear officials optimistic on deal

Negotiators from Iran, the United States and the European Union resumed indirect talks on the Tehran nuclear deal after a months-long stalemate.

Top negotiators in renewed talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal indicated they were optimistic about the possibility of reaching a deal to impose limits on Tehran’s uranium enrichment.

“We stand five minutes or five seconds from the finish line,” Russian Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters outside Vienna’s Palace Coburg on Sunday, four days after He said there were “three or four issues” to be resolved.

“They are sensitive, especially to Iranians and Americans,” Ulyanov said. “I can’t make guarantees, but there’s a sense that we’re going in the right direction.”

Enrique Mora, the EU’s top negotiator, said he was “absolutely” optimistic about the progress of talks so far.

“We are moving forward and I hope we close the negotiations soon,” he told Iranian media.

Negotiators from Iran, the United States and the EU resumed indirect talks on Thursday over Tehran’s defunct nuclear deal.

Hours after the US imposed new sanctions targeting Iran’s petrochemical exports, Tehran responded by issuing an order to supply gas to “hundreds” of advanced centrifuges, further accelerating its nuclear program.

In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal with the US, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China. Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium under the supervision of United Nations inspectors in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

US President Donald Trump then unilaterally pulled the US out of the agreement in 2018, saying he would negotiate a stronger agreement, but that did not happen. Iran began violating the terms of the deal a year later.

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