The negotiations in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear program are accelerating, diplomats from Iran, among others, have said.
The aim is to have both Iran and the United States comply with the 2015 international nuclear accord.
In addition to Iran, the EU, Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom are at the table. The US, which withdrew from the so-called JCPOA agreement in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran again, is present in Vienna but not directly involved in the talks that have been held in a hotel in the Austrian capital since the beginning of this month.
During the third round, it was decided on Tuesday to increase the pace, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. Iran has ramped up production of enriched uranium to levels higher than the deal allows since the US resigned. The degree of enrichment is also insufficient for the manufacture of nuclear weapons.
Iran wants the US to lift sanctions first before sticking back to the agreement. Washington indicated last week which sanctions it is willing to drop, but instead wants to see gestures from Tehran
Negotiators in Vienna see progress but warn that there is still a long way to go and many details still need to be worked out. The hope is that concrete results will have been achieved by the end of May.