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Iran nuclear talks set to restart Monday afternoon

Talks between Iran, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal will restart at around 2 p.m. local time in Vienna Monday, a European diplomat says, more than five months after they were suspended.

The US will also send a delegation headed by Washington’s special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, which will participate in the talks indirectly.

On Saturday Iranian media reported that the country’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, had arrived in Vienna, days after visiting Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

In Israel, the Persian-language spokesperson in Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office claims that some hardline newspapers linked to the Iran Revolutionary Guards Council are using the convergence of the restart of talks and the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Mohsen Fakrizadeh, the father of Iran’s nuclear program, to seemingly push against a deal and for a bomb.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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