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US: Return to Vienna Talks with Iran Must Happen Soon

US: Return to Vienna Talks with Iran Must Happen Soon

Friday, 8 October, 2021 - 04:00
State Department spokesman Ned Price. AP

The United States believes an "imminent" return to indirect talks in Vienna over a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is necessary because the process cannot go on indefinitely, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday.


Price said a diplomatic path remained open and noted that Tehran had said it would return to the talks "soon."


"We hope their definition of soon matches our definition of soon," Price said. "We would like negotiations to resume in Vienna as soon as possible."


Former US president Donald Trump exited the nuclear deal in 2018, reimposing harsh sanctions on Iran.


President Joe Biden's administration says it is ready to return to the 2015 deal and lift sanctions but negotiations have stalemated.


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