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Nuclear deal meeting 'constructive' amid tension

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Published on July 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:30s

Nuclear deal meeting 'constructive' amid tension

An emergency meeting with parties to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers was "constructive," Iranian official Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday, but said Tehran would continue to reduce its nuclear commitments if Europeans failed to salvage the pact.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Nuclear deal meeting 'constructive' amid tension

Sunday's (July 28) emergency meeting with parties to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal was "constructive," according to an Iranian official.

SOUNDBITE) (English) IRAN'S SENIOR NUCLEAR NEGOTIATOR ABBAS ARAQCHI SAYING: "I cannot say that we resolved everything, but I can say there are lots of commitments to the JCPOA and its survival.'' The Vienna meeting was called in response to an escalation in tensions between Iran and the West that included confrontations at sea and Tehran's breaches of the accord.

On July 19, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards seized a British-flagged oil tanker, just two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, which it said was violating sanctions on Syria.

Britain said on Sunday Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan had joined a British frigate escorting British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz.

Following Sunday's meeting, an official warned that Tehran would continue to reduce it's commitments if Europeans failed to salvage the nuclear pact.

Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran have been trying to do so ever since the United States withdrew from it in May 2018, and re-imposed toughened sanctions on Iran.

So far, Iran has breached the limit of its enriched uranium stockpile, as well as enriching uranium beyond a 3.67% purity limit set by its deal with major powers, defying a warning by Europeans to stick to the deal despite U.S. sanctions.

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