U.S. to begin talks with Russia, Russia, Iran on returning to compliance

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WASHINGTON- U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that the United States has agreed to talk with European, Russian and Chinese partners to identify issues involved in returning to compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

These will remain difficult days and we do n't anticipate an immediate breakthrough because there will be important discussions ahead. However, Price said that this is a healthy step forward.

Diplomats had said earlier on Friday that officials from Vienna and Washington would travel to Tehran next week in the spirit of efforts to revive the 2015 agreement.

Price said the talks would be structured around working groups, which Iran is going to form with the remaining participants in the nuclear agreement, including European Union.

The primary issues to be discussed are the nuclear steps Iran would need to take to return to compliance with the terms of the nuclear pact, and the sanctions relief steps the United States would need to take in order to return to compliance as well, the statement said.

Currently, we do not anticipate that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through this process though the United States is open to them, Price said.

The talks will start in Germany on 6 April, U.S. President Donald Trump's predecessor, Joe Biden, withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions on Iran, which caused Tehran to violate some of the pact's nuclear restrictions in retaliation.

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