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TEHRAN, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The United States and all parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are serious in efforts to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian senior nuclear negotiator said on Friday.

After Friday's meeting of the Iran nuclear deal in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who heads Iran's delegation to the negotiations, was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency that all parties are serious in reaching a solution despite numerous challenges.

Besides, "the news coming to us from the Americans is that they are both serious about returning to the JCPOA and are ready to lift a large part of (anti-Iran) sanctions," he added.

"However, in our opinion, it (the sanctions announced for removal) is not complete yet," he noted.

"For that reason, the negotiations will continue until we reach all our demands," Araqchi added.

Iran is serious in re-embracing its JCPOA obligations if its demands are met, he said, adding that "this has nothing to do with other issues in Tehran... including the upcoming presidential elections."

The U.S. administration under former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response to the U.S. moves, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its JCPOA commitments from May 2019.

The JCPOA Joint Commission began to meet in offline format on April 6 in Vienna, aiming at getting the United States and Iran to resume compliance with the nuclear agreement.

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