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By Parisa Hafezi and Francois Murphy
VIENNA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Iran and world powers resumed talks on Monday after a five-month hiatus to try to salvage its 2015 nuclear deal, but Tehran remained adamant, so hopes for a breakthrough seemed scarce.
Diplomats say time is running out to resuscitate the pact, which was abandoned in 2018 by former US President Donald Trump, irritating Iran and dismaying the other powers involved: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
Six rounds of indirect talks were held between April and June. The new round began after a hiatus caused by the election of hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi in June as Iran’s president.
The talks are actually indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington, as the Islamic republic refuses to meet face-to-face with American envoys.
Tehran’s new negotiating team has made demands that American and European diplomats consider unrealistic.
Iran’s demands include the withdrawal of all US and European Union sanctions imposed since 2017, including those unrelated to Iran’s nuclear program.
“The United States continues to misunderstand the fact that there is no way to return to the agreement without a verifiable and effective lifting of all sanctions,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said in a statement shortly after they were resumed. the conversations.
“The return of the United States to the nuclear agreement would not make sense if guarantees are not offered to avoid repeating the bitter experience of the past,” he said. “This opportunity is not a window that can stay open forever.”
In parallel, Tehran’s conflicts with the UN atomic watchdog, which oversees the nuclear program, have worsened.
Iran has gone ahead with its uranium enrichment program and the IAEA says its inspectors have been harshly treated and denied access to reinstall monitoring cameras at a site it considers essential to revive the deal. (Written by John Irish and Parisa Hafezi; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano and Javier Leira)