Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that "talks are on the agenda, but not talks for the sake of talks, or negotiations for the sake of negotiations".
Russian diplomat participating in talks to save 2015 JCPOA accord says meeting in Vienna has been "successful," though salvage efforts will take time.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticised Europe's "inactivity on JCPOA commitments" and added that Iran is committed to "preserving the JCPOA and is the only party that has paid a price for it."
Francis’s meeting in the holy southern city of Najaf comes during the first-ever papal visit to the country, aimed at promoting his call for greater fraternity among all peoples.
Iran's statement comes as US President Joe Biden's administration tries to explore ways to restore the 2015 nuclear deal that was abandoned in 2018 by former President Donald Trump, who restored sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
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