Iranian and European negotiators have found solutions to "all" their disagreements over how to implement the Geneva nuclear deal, Iran's deputy chief negotiator announced on Friday, in a move that could pave the way for a final deal to contain Tehran's nuclear programme.
"We found solutions for all the points of disagreements," Abbas Araqchi told Iranian state television at the end of two days of talks in Geneva that he described as "good, constructive and intense".
A spokesman for the EU said "very good" progress was made "on all the pertinent issues", but added that results of the talks still had to be validated by more senior officials.
Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, a think-tank that released a report this week showing Iran's economy already starting to recover, warned international sanctions were already "unravelling" – contrary to White House assurances, but as many predicted they would.
"We are giving away our leverage. In six months' time, when we come to try and close a deal, Rouhani and Zarif will be smiling because they've already won," he said.