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Can US-Iran prisoner deal build trust for broader talks?

Experts say the release of five Americans held in Iran could lay the groundwork for a resumption of nuclear talks between the longtime adversaries.
A boy waves an Iranian national flag as supporters of Iran's newly-elected president Ebrahim Raisi celebrate his victory in Imam Hussein square in the capital Tehran on June 19, 2021.

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WASHINGTON — This time last year, the United States and Iran were swapping feedback over what was deemed a “final text” to resurrect the nuclear deal. 

Today, there is purposefully no such text.

With 2024 on the horizon, analysts say the Biden administration is aiming to keep the lid on Iran’s nuclear program through an unwritten understanding, rather than try to negotiate a new deal that would involve granting significant sanctions relief to Tehran during an election year. 

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