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US Takes A Wait And See Approach To Iran's Claim Of Returning To Talks

10/27/2021

The Biden Administration said Wednesday it is taking a wait and see approach to Iran's claims that is ready to rejoin multilateral talks on its nuclear program.

Tehran's chief negotiator in the talks said on Twitter on Wednesday that Iran agrees "to start negotiations before the end of November" after what he called very constructive dialogue with a European Union negotiator.

Ali Bagheri Kani said "an exact date would be announced in the course of the next week."

At the same time, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran told reporters that Iran expects to see “goodwill” from President Joe Biden and he should release $10 billion in Iran’s frozen funds.

At the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Iranians have made "similar comments over the last several days," adding the White House will "leave it up to the Europeans and our negotiators to determine when the next step would be."

Psaki said the US remains committed to "pursuing a diplomatic path forward."

Iran withdrew from negotiations in June and has refused to return despite repeated calls by the United States and its European allies. Meanwhile it is enriching uranium beyond the 2015 nuclear deal limits that worries other countries.

With reporting by AP

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