US, Iran clash over sanctions; US sees possible `impasse`

Iran Calls Natanz Atomic Site Blackout 'Nuclear Terrorism'

The remaining parties have formed two expert-level working groups whose job is to draw up lists of sanctions that the United States will lift and of nuclear restrictions Iran will implement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani oversaw on live television Saturday the launch of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium, a key component for nuclear weapons, while reiterating his country's commitment to nuclear non-proliferation.

The official noted that "it would be infinitely easier if we had direct conversations with Iran", but added that "if they don't want to meet with us, too bad". Diplomatic sources told Reuters that the report indicated that a breach of the deal had occurred. The IAEA determined on Wednesday that Iran had violated those limits by recovering uranium from items called scrap fuel plates.

The amount of new enriched uranium is relatively small but threatens to derail talks being held to revive the deal.

The official also noted that the U.S. delegation in Vienna brought up the issue of Americans detained and missing in Iran. USA and Iranian diplomats concluded an initial round of meetings earlier in the day, with mediators from the European Union delivering messages between the two sides.

The talks broke Friday, with no clear signs of progress, but most representatives involved sounding optimistic about the prospects.

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Araghchi said the best outcome would be a conclusion within five or six weeks, citing Iran's willingness to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect nuclear facilities to some extent until late May. The administration of President Joe Biden hopes to rejoin the accord.

USA and Iranian officials clashed on Friday over what sanctions the United States should lift to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, with Washington predicting an impasse if Tehran sticks to a demand that all sanctions since 2017 be removed. "So I think we'll have to see what happens, what happens tomorrow to get a further clue - it won't be a definitive answer probably - but a further clue into Iran's thinking".

"At the same time, a question still remains about whether the seriousness of objective and the intent of coming back into compliance that the United States showed will be reciprocated by Iran", they continued.

Will the JCPOA finally emerge from oblivion under the new United States administration, nearly three years after former President Donald Trump universally withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord?

Police officers stay in front of the "Grand Hotel Wien" in Vienna, Austria, April 9, 2021, where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place.

"All Trump sanctions were anti-JCPOA and must be removed-w/o distinction between arbitrary designations", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter, referring to the deal by its full name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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