Blinken had ‘productive’ talks with Europeans on Iran nuclear deal | World news

By Humeyra Pamuk and William James

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a “productive” meeting with his British, German and French counterparts on Friday to discuss the way forward for negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal, a a State Department spokesman said on Saturday.

World powers and Iran resumed talks on relaunching the nuclear pact on Thursday. An EU source said they were working from texts discussed five months ago, while Iranian officials said they were sticking to a firm position last week.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that Tehran was serious about its nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The indirect US-Iran talks, in which French, British, German, Russian and Chinese diplomats commute because Tehran refuses any direct contact with Washington, aim to get the two sides to resume full respect for the agreement.

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“Secretary Blinken had a productive meeting with his E3 counterparts from Germany, France and UK in Liverpool yesterday. They discussed the JCPOA talks and our way forward,” the door said. – Statement from the State Department, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Common Comprehensive Plan. of Action.

The meeting took place in Liverpool, northern England, on the eve of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers which is expected to result in a joint call on Iran to moderate its nuclear program and seize the timeliness of talks in Vienna. [L1N2SW06E]

As part of the initial nuclear deal, abandoned in 2018 by then-President Donald Trump, Iran limited its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief from the United States, the European Union and the UN.

The West fears the program is being used to develop weapons, which Tehran denies.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; writing by William James; editing by Michael Holden and Edmund Blair)

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