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‘Unresolved differences’ take center stage during sanctions-removal talks in Vienna
The seventh round of sanctions-removal talks continued for a third day in the Austrian capital
By News Desk - December 11 2021
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(Photo credit: EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERS)

On 11 December the third day of the latest round of Vienna talks intended to remove the US sanctions on Iran ended with the Islamic Republic emphasizing that the differences between the sides are still present on the negotiating table.

“In the draft, which is the result of the Vienna talks after 6 rounds of talks [conducted between April and June], there were some disagreements between the parties that required a high-level decision, and these are still unresolved on the table,” Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said.

He added that during the latest round of talks which began on 29 November Iran “expressed our views on various topics of discussion, whether in sanctions-lifting, nuclear measures, verification, and guarantees, as well as other issues. Some of these issues have been accepted by the other side during the talks that took place over the past few days, and some have not been accepted.”

Bagheri Kani added that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA ) is Iran’s red line.

“We have a basic red line, which is backed up by logic,” he said.

He then went on to say: “We have an agreement that was finalized by Iran and the P4+1 in 2015. The US withdrew from it a few years later and now it wants to rejoin that deal. So, this agreement is a shared basis between the two sides.”

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on 11 December that time is running out for Iran.

“It has shown in the last days that we do not have any progress… due to the offer of the Iranian government negotiations have been thrown back six months,” Baerbock told reporters while she was attending day one of the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, England.

“Time is running out,” she reiterated.

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