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There are still great differences between Tehran and Washington on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters.

But he stated the parties have a chance to come to an agreement.

The Russian envoy recalled that Iran has already moved away from the JCPOA in many positions.

“However, it is important to understand that this happened not because of Tehran’s ill will, but as a reaction to the irresponsible policy of maximum US pressure with extraterritorial sanctions and other forms of pressure on Tehran. Tehran is resisting. And this could have been expected, no surprise,” Ulyanov noted.

The seventh round of talks to reinstate the JCPOA started on November 29 in Vienna, after a hiatus that lasted from June due to elections in Iran. During the six rounds from April to June the negotiators determined which US sanctions against Iran are to be lifted and compiled a list of steps for Tehran to make to return to its obligations.

Iran’s foreign minister has expressed hope the negotiating teams in the Austrian capital, Vienna, will arrive at an agreement over lifting of Iran’s sanctions if the Western parties to the talks act in good faith.

“Good deal within reach if the West shows goodwill,” said Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a tweet.

“We seek rational, sober & result-oriented dialogue,” he added.

“Vienna Talks proceeding with seriousness and sanctions removal as fundamental priority. Expert talks are continuing too,” the top diplomat further said.

He noted Iran is in contact with its chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani on a daily basis.

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