Taking up Tehran’s offer, US says ‘prepared to meet directly’ with Iran


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Taking up Tehran’s offer, US says ‘prepared to meet directly’ with Iran
State Department asserts face-to-face talks will be more ‘efficient’ for communication, warns time running out to save 2015 nuclear deal
By Agencies

WASHINGTON — The United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran on its nuclear program, the State Department reaffirmed Monday, after Tehran said it would consider such an option. “We are prepared to meet directly,” a State Department spokesperson said. “We have long held the position that it would be more productive to engage with Iran directly, on both JCPOA negotiations and other issues,” the spokesperson said, referring to the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

The spokesperson said that meeting directly would allow “more efficient communication” needed to reach an understanding on what is needed to resuscitate the 2015 deal. “Given the pace of Iran’s nuclear advances, we are almost out of time to reach an understanding on mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA,” the official said.

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