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Nuclear Talks in Vienna Will Continue at ‘Appropriate’ Pace, US State Dept. Says

© REUTERS / EU DELEGATION IN VIENNAEuropean External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora, Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi and Iran's ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog Kazem Gharibabadi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria May 1, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora, Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi and Iran's ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog Kazem Gharibabadi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria May 1, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.06.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US efforts in the Vienna talks seeking to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal will progress at an appropriate pace, US Department of State deputy spokesperson Jalina Porter said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

“[US Special Envoy for Iran Robert] Malley is in Vienna, he'll be returning to Washington pretty soon. Talks are ongoing and they will continue at a pace that's honestly appropriate to address the significance of the issues that are currently on the table,” Porter said.

She added that Malley will return to Washington for consultations at the end of the week.

Earlier in the week, Iran's lead negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said that the fifth round of talks was difficult but unlikely to be the last.

Since April, Vienna has been hosting sessions of the commission on the JCPOA, as well as informal meetings in different formats. In late May, a fifth round of talks was begun.

Iran has scaled back its commitments under the JCPOA to produce purer uranium after the Trump administration quit the pact in 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran. Since that time, the US elected a new president, and talks on restoring the JCPOA were reinitiated.

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