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Iran nuclear talks 'could resume in September'

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Delegation members from the parties to the Iran nuclear deal - Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and Iran – attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the deal on April 17, 2021.
AFP PHOTO / EU DELEGATION IN VIENNADelegation members from the parties to the Iran nuclear deal - Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and Iran – attending a meeting at the Grand Hotel of Vienna as they try to restore the deal on April 17, 2021.

The Iranian official designated to take charge of the nuclear talks under Raisi is Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran is ready to resume talks reviving the nuclear deal with world powers under new President Ebrahim Raisi, and meetings could take place in Vienna from early September, an EU official said on Saturday.

The senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the EU's negotiator on the file, Enrique Mora, attended Raisi's swearing-in in Tehran last Thursday and spoke with the Iranian official designated to take charge of the nuclear talks, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Amir-Abdollahian "is supposed to be the new foreign minister" in Raisi's cabinet, but that has not yet been announced, the EU official said.

He added that it was unclear whether the nuclear talks would remain under the responsibility of the Iranian Foreign Ministry or be taken over by another body, such as Iran's National Security Council.

Talks have been happening since April in Vienna to find a way to bring both sides back into full compliance.

The United States has said it is "an urgent priority" to get Iran back to the table.

But tensions have risen, notably with an attack by drones last week on an Israeli-linked tanker off Oman that killed a Briton and a Romanian on board.

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