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U.S. Cites Productive Steps, No Breakthrough in Iran Talks

  • Sides have agreed to continue negotiations next week in Vienna
  • Washington and Tehran held indirect talks about salvaging deal
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An initial round of talks in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program was a good first step but the Islamic Republic still hasn’t shown it’s willing to do what’s necessary to come back into compliance with a 2015 agreement, a senior U.S. official told reporters Friday.

The official, offering the most detailed U.S. readout of the indirect talks, said the two sides are headed toward an impasse if Iran sticks to its demand that the U.S. lift all sanctions imposed since 2017, when former President Donald Trump took office and started ratcheting up pressure. The official spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity.