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Newsline: EU top diplomat says Iran nuclear talks “paused” over Russia’s sanctions demands

Nuclear talks in Vienna between Iran and the world powers were officially “paused” on Friday, with no clear timetable for renewing them, according to the European Union’s top diplomat. Although a draft agreement is practically ready, Russia’s new demands that sanctions imposed over Ukraine won’t limit Moscow’s ability to conduct trade with Iran have dramatically complicated the situation. “A pause in Vienna talks is needed, due to external factors. A final text is essentially ready and on the table,” tweeted EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who is the coordinator of the talks. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-nuclear-talks-paused-over-105549617.html) Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted: “Pause in Vienna Talks could be a momentum for resolving any remaining issue and a final return.” “Successful conclusion of talks will be the main focus of all. No external factor will affect our joint will to go forward for a collective agreement.” Borrell said he will continue to be in touch with Iran, the U.S. and the world powers participating in the talks to overcome the current situation and close the agreement.

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