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Thursday, 8 July 2021

Iran uranium enrichment threatens nuclear talks

Ongoing talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear pact suffered a blow yesterday after the UN said Tehran had begun producing enriched uranium, according to Reuters. US and European officials warned that the move threatens to tank the negotiations, which aim to bring the US and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 accord.

Time is running out for world powers to reach an agreement with the moderate Rouhani administration. Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative hardliner hostile to the US, will be inaugurated as the country’s president on 5 August after coming first in elections in June.

It’s unclear where the status of the negotiations stand at the moment, and a date has not been set for the next round of talks in Vienna.

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