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Iran warns US against wasting time in nuclear talks  

Iran's hard-line foreign minister said Tehran will only pursue talks that bear tangible outcomes.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on June 16, 2015, in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Iran's newly appointed foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said his country will not accept protraction in talks with the United States over the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Six rounds of those talks have been held in Vienna between the moderate government of former President Hassan Rouhani and the remaining signatories of the accord, namely the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China. The United States, which abandoned the deal in 2018, has been indirectly engaged to draw an agreement on its re-entry. Negotiations, however, have been on hold since June 20 to allow for a transition in Tehran, where hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi has taken office and appointed Amir-Abdollahian as the top Iranian diplomat.

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