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Iran, Russia call for resuming Vienna nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Thursday Iran is ready to resume talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, following talks with his Russian counterpart in Tehran.

Speaking during a joint press conference with Sergey Lavrov in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian urged the United States to be “realistic” regarding reaching an agreement on reviving the landmark deal.

Lavrov arrived in Tehran on Wednesday on a two-day visit, his first since the Ebrahim Raisi government assumed power last year.

Amir-Abdollahian voiced hope that the talks underway in Vienna since April last year to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal will resume soon, adding that Iran is "serious" about reaching a "good and lasting agreement.”

The talks have been stalled due to key disagreements between Tehran and Washington, including the de-listing of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Amir-Abdollahian appreciated the role of Russia, as well as China, in opposing the anti-Iran resolution at the UN nuclear watchdog's board of governors meeting, which called on Tehran to scale up its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Russia and China voted against the resolution drafted by the US and its three European allies, while India, Pakistan and Libya abstained.

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