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US, Iran say they’ll begin indirect talks on nuclear program

US, Iran say they’ll begin indirect talks on nuclear program,   SMH Ellen Knickmeyer and Raf CasertApril 3, 2021 — The United States and Iran say they will start indirect talks with other major world powers next week to try to get both countries back into an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program, nearly three years after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price called the resumption of negotiations, scheduled for Tuesday in Austria, “a healthy step forward”. But Price added, “These remain early days, and we don’t anticipate an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions ahead”.

Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, and President Joe Biden has said rejoining the agreement is a priority for his administration. The Biden administration and Iran have differed on any conditions for that to happen, including the timing of the lifting of US sanctions against Iran, and the stalemate on those points had threatened to pose a major foreign policy setback for the new Biden administration.

Agreement on the start of multi-party talks – being held to get Iran and the United States over their differences on conditions for returning to the 2015 nuclear deal – came after talks on Thursday brokered by other governments that have remained in the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.Price said next week’s talks will be structured around working groups that the European Union was forming with the remaining participants in the accord, including Iran………

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