Iran to restart activities at Arak nuclear facility, says official

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Yesterday’s nuclear deal meeting was significant because “the symbolism of the diplomacy is really important for Iran,” said Ms Vakil. 

However, she expressed doubts over whether it would provide a solution for the ailing deal, saying it was unlikely to be “decisive in any way.”

Tensions between Iran and other signatories, particularly the UK, are high following the seizure of an Iranian-flagged tanker off Gibraltar in early July and the seizure by Iranian Revolutionary Guards of a British-flagged tanker two weeks later. 

Prior to the meeting in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi called the seizure of the Iranian tanker a “breach of the JCPOA” in comments carried by state TV, while a government spokesman described a plan for a European-led mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz as “provocative”. 



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