Iran denies Frist ‘politically motivated’ claims in nuclear talks

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Iran’s nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives at Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks will take place with Iran February 8, 2022 in Vienna, Austria. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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DUBAI, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday it would not accept a Western deadline to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and wanted “politically motivated” claims by the UN regulator, the IAEA, to be dropped about Tehran’s nuclear work would be left. This was reported by Iranian state television.

“We have answered the agency’s (IAEA) questions or politically motivated claims… which we believe are unfounded. These dossiers should be closed,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to the state television website.

One of the sticking points in the indirect talks between Iran and the United States about reviving the 2015 nuclear deal appears to include questions about traces of uranium found by the IAEA at old but undeclared sites in Iran. Continue reading

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“Iran does not accept deadlines,” Khatibzadeh said, apparently responding to media reports that the US had set a deadline for nuclear talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, will return to Vienna for talks on Sunday evening, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Bagheri Kani, who flew to Tehran last week for consultations with Iranian officials, will “continue negotiations with a clear agenda aimed at solving the remaining issues,” IRNA said.

Iran has made it clear that it wants an end to oil and banking sanctions that are hurting its economy, while insisting that restrictions linked to human rights and terrorism be lifted.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said Tehran is ready “to reach an immediate agreement” in talks to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, if Western powers show real will.

Ambirabdollahin is scheduled to report to the Iranian parliament on Tuesday on the progress of the talks, local media said.

On Friday, a senior US State Department official said negotiators had made significant progress over the past week in reviving the deal, but very difficult issues remained.

The pact was abandoned in 2018 by then US President Donald Trump, who again imposed extensive sanctions on Iran.

The deal between Iran and world powers limits Tehran’s uranium enrichment to make it more difficult for it to develop nuclear weapons material if it chooses, in return for the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran.

Other parties to the deal –– Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — have been bouncing back and forth between the two sides during the Vienna talks.

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Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Edited by Angus MacSwan and Raissa Kasolowsky

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