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Talks aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear programme resume in Vienna today in an atmosphere of caution.
Officials representing six world powers and Tehran, plus the EU’s foreign policy chief have all said the negotiations will be long and complicated.
Hardliners on both sides are suspicious but political concerns may be outweighed by the economic.
Konrad Kramar, Chief editor, Der Kurier :
“The Iranians are really desperate. Their economy is collapsing at a breathtaking speed. I mean, from the currency to the oil production, everything is crumbling there. These guys are really in need of money, new business contracts, everything. So the Iranians need a solution. So for them, it’s absolutely urgent to go towards an agreement.”
Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
appears far from desperate. On Monday he once again criticised the US and said he didn’t expect any outcome from the negotiations.
“Iran will not violate what it has promised, but Americans are hostile to the Is