Leicester Mercury

US and Iran ‘will begin talks on deal’


THE US and Iran have said they would begin negotiatio­ns through intermedia­ries next week to try to get both countries back into an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear programme, nearly three years after Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal.

The announceme­nt marked the first major progress in efforts to return both countries to the 2015 accord, which bound Iran to restrictio­ns on its nuclear programmes in return for relief from internatio­nal sanctions.

US president Joe Biden, above, came into office saying that getting back into the accord was a priority. But Iran and the US have disagreed over Iran’s demands that sanctions be lifted first, and the stalemate threatened to become an early setback.

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