JCPOA joint commission hold meeting inn Vienna

JCPOA joint commission hold meeting inn Vienna

Diplomats from the remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord are meeting in Vienna to discuss ways to stop the deal collapsing amid tension in the Persian Gulf.

The JCPOA "joint commission" meeting began just after 12:00 (10:00 GMT) in the presence of diplomats from the accord's remaining parties - Iran, the EU, Germany, France, the UK, Russia and China - including Iranian Deputy Foreign Minster Abbas Araghchi, the AFP reported.

Originally Iran had said it would exceed the agreed 300-kilogram reserve of enriched uranium on Thursday but diplomatic sources said that the limit had not been passed. However, an Iranian official said the fact the date had been missed was a "technical matter" and that Iran was still not ruling out breaching the limit. He said that Iran was currently 2.8kg under the 300kg ceiling.

Iran has also said that as of July 7 it will start enriching uranium above the agreed purification level of 3.67%.

The Iranian official stressed that even if both limits were surpassed, this could be swiftly reversible "within half an hour" if there were progress on facilitating Iran's oil exports, which have been aggressively targeted by the U.S.

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