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Iran negotiator returns home amid uncertainties in Vienna talks

Hope seems to be fading in Iran for an agreement on restoring the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after Russia sought separate sanctions relief guarantees in its own favor. 
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives at the Coburg Palais, venue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meeting aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, in Vienna on Dec. 27, 2021.

Iranian news outlets reported that the country's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, was back in Tehran on "a short visit for routine consultations" pertaining to talks in Vienna on restoring the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  

Iranian officials have said that while the senior diplomat is home, expert-level talks and informal meetings will continue to be held in the Austrian capital. But Enrique Mora, the European Union's representative to the talks, tweeted, "There are no longer 'expert level talks.' Nor 'formal meetings.'" He noted that what is left to be done to wrap up the talks is "political decisions" and that "the rest is noise."

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