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Iran and the world powers still party to a 2015 nuclear deal have begun official talks in Vienna as attempts to return the United States to the landmark accord intensify.

Iran and the major world powers still party to a 2015 nuclear deal have begun official talks in Vienna, Austria as attempts to return the United States to the landmark accord intensify.

Talks are under way in the city’s Imperial and Grand hotels between representatives of Iran, China, Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

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For the first time since then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, the US is also in the same town trying to save the accord.

But a US delegation led by special Iran envoy Robert Malley is not in the same room where the JCPOA Joint Commission meeting is taking place, as Iran has said it will not directly negotiate with the US until all harsh sanctions imposed by Trump and still enforced by President Joe Biden are lifted.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Iran will immediately scale back its enrichment of uranium and deployment of advanced centrifuges after the country can verify US sanctions have been lifted, but is “in no hurry” as it is also trying to “nullify” sanctions through local production.

Iran’s delegation in Vienna, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, also consists of representatives from the country’s central bank, the ministry of petroleum, and the atomic energy organisation as the sanctions primarily target Iran’s financial sector and oil transfer.

According to the Iranian foreign ministry, the Vienna talks include “technical negotiations in the form of expert meetings” in order to figure out how US sanctions can be lifted and how Iran can come back into full compliance with the deal.

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