Iran seeks assurances as nuclear talks resume
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US negotiator Rob Malley has said there are only "weeks" left to revive the deal, if the Islamic republic continues its current pace of nuclear activities.
The talks are expected to get underway in the Austrian capital at 6:00 pm (1700 GMT), according to a source close to the negotiations.
Ahead of the resumption, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the agenda on Monday should be "the issue of guarantees and verification" on the lifting of US sanctions if it returns to the accord.
"The most important thing for us is to reach a point where we can verify that Iranian oil will be sold easily and without any limits, that the money for this oil will be transferred in foreign currency to Iranian bank accounts, and that we will be able to benefit from all the revenues," he said, quoted on Monday by state news agency IRNA.
But the deal started to unravel in 2018 when the Trump administration pulled out and began imposing sanctions on the Islamic republic.
US President Joe Biden has said he is willing to return to the deal as long as Iran also resumes the original terms.
Iran's arch-rival Israel, which staunchly opposes the nuclear deal, had reportedly warned in November that the Islamic republic had taken the technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to military-grade levels of around 90 percent.
Eslami said the enrichment levels were related to the needs of the country, in remarks published by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
"Our targets related to enriching uranium are meeting our industrial and production needs... and those of our people," he was quoted as saying.
Moscow's ambassador to the UN in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, welcomed that statement in a tweet on Sunday, calling it "a positive message on the eve of the 8th round" of the talks in Vienna.
"We advise all the participants in the negotiations to come to Vienna with the will to obtain a good agreement," Iran's foreign affairs spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday.