Iran says it agreed to hold further dialogue with EU on resuming nuclear talks

Iran and the EU have agreed to hold further dialogue in Brussels aimed at resuming talks on a faltering 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers, Tehran says.

The European Union envoy charged with coordinating talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal, Enrique Mora, met with Iranian deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri for several hours, as Western powers lose patience with Tehran over the continued absence of a firm date for resuming talks.

Dialogue on the deal has been stalled since June.

“At the end of this meeting, the two parties agreed to continue dialogue on questions of mutual interest in the coming days in Brussels,” Iran’s foreign ministry says in a statement, which notes that Mora said the EU was “ready to collaborate with Iran and the other parties.”

The talks coincided with a visit by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to Washington for talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who on Wednesday warned of “other options” if diplomacy fails.

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