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Iran nuclear talks start on a positive note

Envoys from Iran and six world powers noted the positive negotiating atmosphere but kept expectations low as they started talks on Tuesday in Vienna on a comprehensive deal to end the stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear programme. “We had a promising start this morning and we hope to continue this trend in the next three days,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said. Building on an interim deal that was reached in November in Geneva, Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany are aiming to agree on further limits to Iran’s nuclear programme to rule out that it could build a nuclear weapon, in return for the permanent lifting of all sanctions against Tehran. However, officials stressed this week’s round had the modest goal of agreeing on the timing and political level for the diplomatic process ahead.