Rouhani: 60%-70% of issues resolved in Vienna nuclear talks


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Rouhani: 60%-70% of issues resolved in Vienna nuclear talks
But EU and US say long road ahead to rescue 2015 deal; top Israeli security officials to head to Washington to lobby for improvements to the pact
By TOI staff and Agencies
20 April 2021

High-level talks in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have already resolved 60-70 percent of the key issues, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by state media as saying Tuesday. The “negotiations have achieved 60-70 percent progress,” Rouhani said, according to the IRNA news agency. “If the Americans act honestly, we will reach a conclusion in little time,” he added. The US, however, said though the talks have been “businesslike” and “positive,” there was “a long road ahead.”

“I think it’s fair to say we have more road ahead of us than in the rearview mirror,” US State Department Spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “There have been no breakthroughs but we’ve always said that this would be a process, even if it were going well.” The EU chief negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal talks also said that “much more hard work” was needed to rescue the 2015 landmark agreement.