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Iran says to hold indirect talks with US on nuclear sanctions

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran said yesterday its indirect talks with the United States (US) would resume this week, as part of wider efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

The negotiations will be separate from broader talks in Vienna between Iran and major powers mediated by the European Union (EU), the bloc’s top diplomat Joseph Borrell said on Saturday in Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the talks would focus on the lifting of sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran and be held “in a Persian Gulf country in the coming days, later this week”.

The landmark nuclear deal has been hanging by a thread since 2018, when then US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it and began imposing harsh economic sanctions on America’s arch enemy.

US President Joe Biden’s administration sought to return to the agreement, saying it would be the best path ahead with the Islamic republic.

“What we will do in the coming days does not concern the nuclear dimension but existing differences (and) the lifting of sanctions,” Khatibzadeh said. “I hope that we will see positive results emerge from these talks.”

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell at a press conference in Tehran. PHOTO: AFP