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Negotiations between world powers and Iran on salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal will resume in Vienna on December 27, European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora says.

“Vienna Talks to resume on Monday 27 December,” Mora wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

“The JCPOA Joint Commission will meet to discuss and define the way ahead. Important to pick up the pace on key outstanding issues and move forward, working closely with the US. Welcome to the 8th round,” he added.

Tehran and the five remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions after the United States voiced interest to return to the agreement.

During the seventh round of the Vienna talks, first under President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, Iran submitted two draft proposals to the other parties concerning the removal of sanctions and Tehran’s nuclear commitments.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Monday Washington has not presented any tangible text to the P4+1 while Tehran has put forth two documents that embody previous texts. He added that if the other sides come to the negotiating table with tangible proposals, an agreement will be reached in the shortest possible time.

Iran’s top negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri has noted the ball is in the court of the United States over nuclear dispute, and Washington must remove the anti-Tehran sanctions.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has also reiterated that there is no way to revive the landmark agreement without removing all anti-Tehran sanctions.

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