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Iran nuclear talks progress slowly as timeline dwindles

Posted On: 16 Jun 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

VIENNA - It might be now or never if the Iran nuclear deal is to survive.
U.S. and Iranian negotiators on Friday started their fourth round of talks in Vienna, expressing a mutual desire to revive the 2015 pact - under which the U.S. repealed sanctions in exchange for Iran limiting its nuclear program - but little agreement over how to get there.
Despite weeks of discussions, the two sides are stuck on which sanctions the U.S. should roll back this time around. And they disagree over what to do about Iran's nuclear advances since 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the original deal.
Meanwhile, looming over the talks is the Iranian election on June 18, which could bring deal-skeptic hardliners to power and scuttle the effort altogether.
With that date in mind, it's expected the current round of talks will continue through at least this week - a likely attempt to keep things plodding forward as the timeline shrinks.
“I feel a sense of urgency. Time is not on our side,” tweeted Enrique Mora, a...

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