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Iran FM Says Not Optimistic About US, European Will in Nuclear Talks

Iran FM Says Not Optimistic About US, European Will in Nuclear Talks

Thursday, 2 December, 2021 - 18:00
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Thursday he was not optimistic about the will and intentions of the United States and European powers in talks being held in Vienna to rescue a 2015 nuclear accord, Iranian media reported.


"We went to Vienna with serious determination, but we are not optimistic about the will and the intention of the United States ⁩and the three European parties to the deal," he said.


The US also sounded pessimistic on Thursday about the chances of reviving the nuclear deal.


"I have to tell you, recent moves, recent rhetoric, don't give us a lot of cause for ... optimism," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in Stockholm, saying he could judge in a day or so if Iran would engage in good faith.


Blinken made the comments after Iran provided the European powers who are shuttling between US and Iranian officials in Vienna with drafts on sanctions removal and nuclear commitments, as world powers and Tehran seek to reinstate the tattered pact.


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