US sees possible ‘modest’ progress in Iran nuclear talks


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US sees possible ‘modest’ progress in Iran nuclear talks
But State Department spokesman says it is ‘too soon’ to tell whether the movement is substantive
By Julia ZAPPEI and Shaun Tandon
28 December 2021

VIENNA (AFP) — The United States said Tuesday it had seen possible progress in talks with Iran, but joined European negotiators in pressing for urgency in rolling back Tehran’s nuclear program. Negotiations resumed Monday in Vienna in a fresh push to make headway on reviving a landmark 2015 agreement that curtailed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

“There may have been some modest progress,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington. “But it is in some ways too soon to say how substantive that progress may have been. At a minimum, any progress, we believe, is falling short of Iran’s accelerating nuclear steps and is far too slow.”

Former US president Donald Trump in 2018 withdrew from the nuclear accord and imposed a slew of punishing sanctions, including a unilateral US ban on Iran selling its key export of oil.