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Negotiators trying to revive the Iran nuclear deal are due to hold a final meeting in Vienna on Sunday before a holiday, the day after hard-line Ebrahim Raisi was elected president of Iran.

Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia and Iran began these EU-sponsored meetings in April, with indirect US participation, in an effort to revive the 2015 agreement.

The Russian delegate to these negotiations said that this new meeting "will decide the way forward."

"Agreement on restoring the nuclear deal is within reach, but not yet finalized," he said on Twitter on Saturday.

Iran's chief negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, said the participants would take a break after Sunday's meeting and would return to their capitals, at the conclusion of the sixth round of talks.

"Now we are closer to a deal than ever before," he told Iran's national television. "It is not easy to bridge the distance between us and an agreement."

At this point, it is clear which areas, which actions are possible and which are not. Therefore, it is time for all parties, especially our counterparts, to make their final decision.

The Iranian official did not say how long the gap in the talks would last.

The nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the so-called 5+1 group (China, the United States, France, Great Britain, Russia and Germany) was concluded in Vienna in 2015. 

It offers Tehran an exemption from the sanctions of the international organizations that target it in return. To obtain assurances that Iran is not seeking to acquire atomic weapons.

But the Islamic Republic has gradually freed itself from its obligations since 2019, in response to President Donald Trump's reinstatement of punitive measures.

She promised to get back on the right track once the United States, led by President Joe Biden, lifted these sanctions.

Hardline conservative Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner of Iran's presidential election on Saturday, and is set to succeed moderate Hassan Rouhani in August, inheriting a country in the grip of a serious economic crisis as a result of Washington's sanctions.

Although it stems from a political current characterized by anti-Americanism and rejection of the West, Mr. Raisi indicated during the campaign that the priority is to lift these sanctions to get the country out of the impasse.

Negotiators said his election should not affect the ongoing talks.
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