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Low expectations on nuclear talks as Iran creates facts on the ground

Tehran is insisting all US and EU sanctions imposed since 2017, including those unrelated to its nuclear programme, be dropped

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Iran’s Natanz nuclear unit

World powers and return to Vienna on Monday for a last ditch effort to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal, but few expect a breakthrough as Tehran’s atomic activities rumble on in an apparent bid to gain leverage against the West.

Diplomats say time is running low to resurrect the pact, which then-US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, angering and dismaying the other world powers involved — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

Six rounds of indirect talks were held between April and June. The new round begins after a hiatus triggered by the election of a new Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric.

Tehran’s new negotiating team has set out demands that US and European diplomats consider unrealistic. They are insisting that all US and EU sanctions imposed since 2017, including those unrelated to its nuclear programme, be dropped.

In parallel, Tehran’s conflicts with the UN atomic watchdog, which monitors the nuclear programme, have festered.

has pressed ahead with its uranium enrichment programme and the IAEA says its inspectors have been treated roughly.

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First Published: Mon, November 29 2021. 00:55 IST
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