Iran says nuclear talks in Vienna were "constructive", next meeting on Friday

European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria April 6, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and major powers will continue to discuss ways to revive the 2015 nuclear deal that former U.S. president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator told state television on Tuesday.

“The talks in Vienna were constructive ... our next meeting will be on Friday,” Abbas Araqchi said.

He also added that Tehran would not suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20% fissile purity in return for the release of $1 billion of its funds blocked in other countries because of U.S. sanctions reimposed on Iran since 2018.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Kevin Liffey