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"Accident" At Iran Nuclear Facility A Day After New Deal Breach

The talks, in which European Union officials are shuttling between the remaining parties to the deal and the United States, aim to restore the bargain at the core of the agreement - restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of usa and other worldwide sanctions.

A senior US State Department official said late on Friday that, after the first round of indirect talks this week, "question marks" persist over Iran's willingness to do what it takes to reimplement the accord.

"At the same time, a question still remains about whether the seriousness of objective and the intent of coming back into compliance that the U.S. showed will be reciprocated by Iran", they continued.

"The question still remains about whether the seriousness of goal and the intent of coming back into compliance that the U.S. showed will be reciprocated by Iran", the senior State Department official said in a conference call with reporters, as cited by Politico.

A delegation from Washington flew to Vienna early this week, as Iran held formal meetings with signatories to the nuclear accord - Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany. "I'd say, you know, we saw some signs of it but not certainly not enough".

The United States was the first to renege on that bargain under then-President Donald Trump, who vehemently opposed the deal and sought to wreck it.

Behrouz Kamalvandi said there had been "an accident in part of the electrical circuit of the (uranium) enrichment facility" at the Natanz complex, a day after Iran announced it had started up advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges at the site in a breach of its undertakings under a troubled 2015 nuclear deal.

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He also said the United States must lift all sanctions imposed under Trump, not only those related to the nuclear deal.

But the Americans want a gradual and synchronised return into mutual compliance. European officials said Iran was bargaining hard at the outset.

"Our hope is that we'll see from Iran greater indication of what they're prepared to do and greater indication that they will take constructive attitude in getting there", he said. If Iran insists that all sanctions be removed in order to reach a deal it will lead to an impasse, the official added.

Iran is seeking to have USA sanctions lifted, while the Biden administration is looking for the country to return to the terms of the 2015 Nuclear Deal.

The 2015 deal placed strict limits on Iran's uranium stockpile.

The JCPOA called for Iran to freeze nuclear activities that could be weaponized in return for sanctions relief from world powers.

In a Tuesday appearance on a TV program about the Vienna talks, Alavi said that if the USA maintains sanctions on Iran's financial sector and Tehran remains blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force - a global financial watchdog - the practical impact of sanctions relief will be "minimal".



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