'New energy' at Iran talks as diplomats reconvene
The fourth round of talks between world powers on Iran's nuclear programme opened in Vienna on Friday, with diplomats voicing hope of progress towards an agreement in the coming weeks.
Diplomats from the remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia as well as Iran, held talks for about an hour at a luxury hotel in the Austrian capital.
The leader of Iran's delegation at the talks, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, hailed the "new energy" and "seriousness of all sides" at the talks.
The Russian ambassador to the UN in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, tweeted that "the delegations seem to be ready to stay in Vienna as long as necessary to achieve the goal".
The EU is co-ordinating the talks and an official from the bloc said that the latest round "should probably be a longer round than the three before because... by now everybody has an idea of how the agreement would look".
The aim of the talks is a return to full compliance with the 2015 accord, known as the JCPOA, which has been slowly disintegrating since former US president Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and Tehran responded by breaking the deal's limits on its nuclear activities.
Trump's successor Joe Biden has said he wishes to rejoin the JCPOA, and an American official said on Thursday an agreement was "possible" in the coming weeks, before Iran's June 18 election.
The US is taking part in the talks indirectly, with European diplomats acting as intermediaries between the Americans and Iranians.
The talks are seeking to find a way to lift sanctions on Iran reimposed by Trump, and for Iran to come back into line with the JCPOA's limits on its nuclear activities.
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