Iranian Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Deal ‘Closer Than Ever’

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian is seen during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon October 7, 2021. REUTERS/Aziz Taher//File Photo

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DUBAI, March 23 (Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Wednesday the Islamic Republic and world powers were closer than ever to reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.

“If the United States acts pragmatically, we are ready to bring together in Vienna the foreign ministers of the member countries of the joint commission of the nuclear agreement to finalize the agreement,” said Amirabdollahian during the meeting. a press conference in Damascus alongside his Syrian counterpart Fayçal Mekdad.

“We believe that today we are closer than ever to an agreement in Vienna.”

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After 11 months of negotiations, Iran and the United States now say the ball is in the other’s court to revive the deal, which would curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting tough sanctions on the Iranian economy.

On Tuesday, the US State Department said a return to the deal was neither certain nor imminent. Read more

The talks were close to an agreement until Russia demanded guarantees from the United States that the sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine would not harm its trade with Iran.

“We have sent our latest proposals to the United States through the European Union coordinator to reach a final agreement. We reminded the Americans that we will not cross our red lines,” Amirabdollahian said Wednesday.

The foreign minister also said Tehran welcomes new talks between Syria and some Arab countries.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad traveled to the United Arab Emirates last week, his first visit to an Arab state since the start of the Syrian war in 2011, underscoring warming ties with a US-allied country that once supported the rebels who demanded his expulsion. Read more

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Reporting from Dubai Newsroom; edited by Michael Georgy, Toby Chopra, William Maclean

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