Iran hands over draft sanctions, nuclear issues to parties to European nuclear deal – .

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VIENNA, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – Iran has provided European powers involved in its tattered nuclear deal with plans to end nuclear sanctions and pledges, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said on Thursday, as world powers and Tehran are trying to restore the pact.

The announcement came on the fourth day of indirect talks between Iran and the United States on the reintegration of the two into the agreement. Talks resumed after a five-month hiatus caused by Iran’s election of an anti-Western extremist as president.

“We gave them two drafts… Of course, they have to check the texts we have provided them. If they are ready to continue the talks, we are in Vienna to continue the talks, ”said Iranian Ali Bagheri Kani. told reporters.

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A European diplomat in Vienna confirmed that draft documents had been submitted.

Under the pact, Tehran has limited its uranium enrichment program, a potential route to nuclear weapons, although Iran says it is only seeking civilian atomic energy, in return for relief from nuclear weapons. economic sanctions by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.

But in 2018 then-US President Donald Trump scrapped the deal, calling it too soft on Iran, and reimposed tough US sanctions, prompting Tehran to violate nuclear limits. of the pact.

“We want all the sanctions lifted at the same time,” Bagheri told reporters. He said an Iranian proposal on how to verify the lifting of sanctions – Tehran’s top priority in the talks – would be handed over to European parties later.

A senior European diplomat estimated on Tuesday that 70 to 80% of a draft deal on the bailout of the 2015 deal was reached during the last meeting between Iran and world powers in June, although it is not clear whether Tehran would resume talks where they left off.

While Bagheri Kani had said that everything that had been negotiated in the six rounds of talks between April and June was open for discussion, a member of the Iranian delegation said that “the elements of the previous unapproved draft that were in conflict with the nuclear deal have been revised and the gaps filled ”in Projects submitted by Iran.

Israel, which opposed the original 2015 pact as being too limited in scope and duration, on Thursday urged world powers to immediately halt talks with its nemesis. He cited a UN nuclear watchdog report that Tehran had started refining uranium with more advanced centrifuges at its Fordow plant dug into a mountain, where any enrichment was banned under the deal. .

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday that Iran had started the process of refining uranium to 20% purity with a cascade, or group, of 166 advanced IR-6 machines at Fordow .

Bagheri Kani is scheduled to meet IAEA Director General Raphael Grossi later Thursday in Vienna, where the agency is based.

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Reporting by Parisa Hafezi Editing by Peter Graff and Mark Heinrich

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