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Diplomatic sources say the Vienna talks are futile

Several senior diplomats told reporters on Monday that the Vienna talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal were still fruitless.

Members of the German, French and British delegations, who requested anonymity, said the parties had so far failed to break through the negotiations. They also warned of the lack of time, reminding that Iran is pursuing its nuclear program at the same time.

Meanwhile, Mohsen Baharvand, Iran’s British ambassador to the BBC, said in a statement on Monday that his country remained committed to reviving the nuclear deal but would not tolerate its urgency.

“The clock is ticking in the other half of space,” Baharvand added.

The ambassador also spoke of news that US and Israeli forces would destroy even Iran’s nuclear facilities in case of diplomatic failure: “Iran is not easy to defeat,” he said.

Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri told Iran’s Press TV over the weekend that there are still many contentious issues between the two sides that require high-level decisions to resolve.

Negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal resumed last week after a hiatus of several days. In addition to the signatories, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, the United States will participate indirectly in the talks, although Washington unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions to stifle the Iranian economy. In response, Tehran gradually ditched its contractual obligations.

Iran continues to make lifting these sanctions a condition for further negotiations.