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Iran hopeful nuclear talks will resume as Russian FM visits

Iran's new optimism faces some serious challenges in an impasse with the US that has been lingering since March.
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R front) arrives for a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov (L) at the Foreign Ministry headquarters, Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2022.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran was hoping that talks with major world powers over the revival of the Iran nuclear deal "would reach the point of an agreement in a near future," as he stood next to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, at a joint press conference in Tehran June 23. The Iranian minister, however, conditioned such progress upon the United States adopting a "realistic" approach.

The United States and Iran were indirectly engaged in negotiations over the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). However, more than a year of diplomacy that also involved other JCPOA signatories — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia — was suspended in March.

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