Iran serious in nuclear talks: president

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Tehran Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that Tehran was serious in its nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Indirect US-Iranian talks to revive a 2015 Iran nu-clear deal resumed on Thursday in the Austrian capital.

Diplomats from France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China shuttle between the two sides because Tehran refuses direct contact with Wash-ington.

A European source, speaking on condition of ano-nymity, suggested on Friday that Iran had agreed to continue talks from where they left off in June. Ira-nian officials denied this.

Also read: Britain warns Iran it’s the ‘last chance’ to sign up to nuclear deal
Under the original deal that then-US President Don-ald Trump abandoned in 2018, Iran limited its nu-clear programme in return for relief from US, Euro-pean Union and U.N. sanctions.

“The fact that we presented the text of Iran’s pro-posal to the negotiating parties shows that we are serious in the talks, and if the other side is also seri-ous about the removal of US sanctions, we will achieve a good agreement. We are definitely after a good agreement,” IRNA quoted Raisi as saying.

A year after Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran, Tehran began to gradually violate nuclear lim-its of the agreement. Iran wants all sanctions to be lifted.

Also read: US reluctance to lift all sanctions main hurdle to reviving 2015 pact: Iranian official Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, told Reuters on Friday that Tehran was standing firm on the posi-tion it laid out last week, when the talks broke off.

European and US officials accused Iran of making new demands and of reneging on compromises worked out earlier this year.Asked whether new draft proposals that Iran had put forward last week were being discussed, Bagheri Kani said.—Agencies

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