“Significant progress” seen in nuclear talks in Vienna


Separately, Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, said talks with European negotiators were ongoing and would continue as long as negotiations with the United States were not on the agenda as they would not be the source of “any breakthrough”.

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington have been held in Vienna since April amid fears over Tehran’s nuclear advances, seen by Western powers as irreversible unless a deal is quickly reached.

Khatibzadeh said “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” during the Vienna talks.

Reuters reported last week that a U.S.-Iranian deal was taking shape in Vienna after months of indirect talks to revive the nuclear pact, which Washington abandoned in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump.

The draft text of the agreement also hinted at other issues, including the release of billions of dollars of Iranian funds in South Korean banks and the release of Western prisoners held in Iran.

Iran is ready to swap prisoners with the United States, the Iranian foreign minister said on Saturday, adding that talks to revive the nuclear deal could be completed “as soon as possible” if the United States took the necessary political decisions.

Iran’s 2015 deal with major powers limited Iran’s uranium enrichment to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons materials, in exchange for lifting international sanctions against Tehran.

Iran has violated some of the deal’s nuclear limits since the United States pulled out and reimposed sanctions under Trump.

(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi and Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Michael Georgy and Gareth Jones)

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