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European diplomat sees progress on Iran nuclear deal negotiations

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Russia's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mikhail Ulyanov, smokes a cigarette near the 'Grand Hotel Vienna' where where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, June 12, 2021.
Russia's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mikhail Ulyanov, smokes a cigarette near the 'Grand Hotel Vienna' where where closed-door nuclear talks take place in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter) Photo Gallery

VIENNA (AP) — A top European diplomat said Tuesday he believes international negotiations with Iran will ultimately succeed in re-imposing limits on its nuclear program, but indicated that more time may be needed.

Enrique Mora, who is coordinating the talks in Vienna, said progress had been made on overcoming key obstacles at the talks.

“The obstacles (are) …something that I think can be bridged,” Mora told reporters outside the hotel where Iranian officials have been meeting with envoys from Russia, China, France, Germany, and Britain.

“This is why we are here: to negotiate these different approaches, and I think we will succeed.”

A landmark agreement in 2015 imposed strict curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for easing U.S. sanctions but the deal was largely abandoned by the Trump administration.

President Joe Biden, along with European allies, is keen to revive the accord due to concerns that Iran has made significant advances since it stopped abiding by the 2015 commitments.

A joint statement issued by the U.S. and European Union after Biden’s meetings this week with leaders in Europe described the Vienna process as “critical to ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and upholding the global nuclear nonproliferation architecture.”

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