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Since then, Iran has been steadily violating the restrictions of the deal, like the amount of enriched uranium it can stockpile and the purity to which it can enrich it. Tehran’s moves have been calculated to put pressure on the other nations in the deal — world-regions, world-regions, world-regions, world-regions and world-regions — to do more to offset crippling sanctions reimposed under Trump.
FILE – In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, showing technicians at the Arak heavy water reactor’s secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Efforts to bring the United States back into the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program are to step up a gear as Iran and the five world powers remaining in the accord meet in Vienna Tuesday April 6, 2021, while the U.S. is due to start indirect talks with Tehran.(Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, FILE)
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Also due in the Austrian capital is a U.S. delegation headed by the administration’s special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley. foreign-policy spokesman Ned Price said talks will be structured around working groups that the Europeans will form with the other parties to the accord.
Price said on Monday the talks are a “healthy step forward” but added that “we don’t anticipate an early or immediate breakthrough as these discussions, we fully expect, will be difficult.”
“We don’t anticipate at present that there will be direct talks with Iran,” he said. “Though of course we remain open to them. And so we’ll have to see how things go starting early this week.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on companies Friday: “No Iran-US meeting. Unnecessary.”
A statement issued after parties to the accord met virtually on Friday said the aim of their meeting Tuesday is to “clearly identify sanctions lifting and nuclear implementation measures, including through convening meetings of the relevant expert groups.”
Iran faced withering international criticism last month for releasing a final report that blamed human error but named no one responsible.