Iran says Vienna nuke talks near 'conclusion': spokesman

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Iranian spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), near its "conclusion."

"Given the progress that has been made (in the recent negotiations), we can say that we are close to the conclusion of the Vienna talks," Saeed Khatibzadeh said during his weekly press conference.

He said that there are still some unresolved issues, but what matters is that "the weight of resolved issues outweighs that of the unresolved issues."

Since the fresh negotiations were initiated in April, a long way has been taken to tackle the issues, Khatibzadeh said, adding that however, the remaining path is not smooth.

"We hope that other parties could make their own decisions which will result in an agreement to benefit everyone," he pointed out.

Khatibzadeh noted that what Iranian officials unanimously agree upon is that Washington should remove the sanctions effectively, and then Iran will resume its obligations "as soon as full implementation of the deal is verified."

The spokesperson stressed that extra demands beyond the JCPOA by some parties are irrelevant to the potential deal.

The U.S. government under former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and unilaterally reimposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its commitments to the agreement from May 2019.

The JCPOA Joint Commission, attended by the U.S. delegation indirectly, began to meet offline on April 6 this year in Vienna to continue previous discussions over a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA.

After six rounds of talks, the parties recently said serious differences remain between Iran and the United States for restoration of the deal.

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