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US urges Iran’s Raisi to resume nuclear talks

Iran's newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi, right, waves as he arrives for his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 5, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iran's newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi, right, waves as he arrives for his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran, on August 5, 2021. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

The United States urges Iran to quickly return to talks over reviving a nuclear deal after the new ultraconservative president, Ebrahim Raisi, said he would seek a diplomatic way to end sanctions.

“We urge Iran to return to the negotiations soon,” State Department spokesman Ned Price says. “For us, this is an urgent priority.”

“If President Raisi is genuine in his determination to see the sanctions lifted, well, that is precisely what’s on the table in Vienna,” he says, referring to indirect talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear accord.

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