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Top EU official notes progress in renewed Iran talks after securing US assurances

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VIENNA — A senior EU official said progress was made after world powers reconvened in Vienna for a fresh round of talks to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

Negotiators were meeting in the Austrian capital for the first time since March, when negotiations, which began in 2021 to reintegrate the United States into the agreement, stalled.

The senior EU official said the progress included guarantees that the United States would not scupper the deal by going back on its word in the future.

It was unclear how this would be possible, and a number of Republican presidential hopefuls have already pledged to once again withdraw the US from the agreement if elected in 2024

“We have now quite substantial guarantees,” the EU official insisted. “It’s my understanding that Iran is happy and feels satisfied with what is in the text.”

A demand by Tehran that the United States remove the country’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the State Department’s official blacklist of “foreign terrorist organizations” has been dropped from the discussions, the official added. It will instead be handled “in the future” — after the deal.

Tehran and Washington still have to agree on “issues related to sanctions lifting and a couple of nuclear questions that did not exist in March as the Iranians advanced their program,” the official said.

“We are a bit exhausted, I cannot imagine myself here in four weeks,” the EU source said. “This is not another round, we are here to finalize the text.”

“I think there is a real possibility, but it’s not going to be........

© The Times of Israel

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