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Iran nuclear diplomat known to US as tough, professional

Prior to the nuclear negotiations, Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Sayed Abbas Araghchi impressed the United States at the Iraq summit in 2007, as a popular and poised envoy to Japan.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) is led by Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tsuneo Nishida before their talks at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo September 1, 2006.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN) - RTR1GVI6

When lead US negotiator Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi and their teams met on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Vienna this week, US officials described the now commonplace encounter between the US and Iranian delegations as “useful and professional.”

“It’s now normal,” a senior US administration official, speaking not for attribution, described the bilateral meeting with Araghchi to journalists at a briefing in Vienna on April 9. “We met for about an hour and a half. … We make sure that Iran understands our perspective on all of the issues under discussion, and they’re able to tell us directly their views about our views.”

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