The eighth round of JCPOA negations began in Vienna with a meeting of the Joint Commission. The senior EU official coordinating the talks indicated that “if we work hard in the days and weeks ahead we should have a positive result... it’s going to be very hard. Difficult political decisions have to be taken both in Tehran and in Washington”. “There is a sense of urgency in all delegations that this negotiation has to be finished in a relatively reasonable period of time… We are talking about weeks, not about months”, he added. Iran’s foreign minister maintained that “we must reach a point where, first, Iranian oil can be sold easily and without any restrictions, and oil money can be deposited in foreign currency in Iranian bank accounts, and we take full advantage of the economic benefits envisaged in the JCPOA”.
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