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Iran says it’s ready for new talks with US on nuclear deal

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran said Thursday it is ready for new indirect talks with the United States to overcome the last hurdles to revive its tattered 2015 nuclear deal with major powers amid a growing crisis over the country’s atomic program.

Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi told the UN Security Council that the Iranian “negotiating team is ready to engage constructively again to conclude and reach [an] agreement.”

“The ball is in US’ court, and if the US acts realistically and shows its serious intention to implement its obligations, the agreement is not out of reach,” he added.

Ravanchi’s remarks came a day after indirect negotiations between Iran and the US ended in Qatar after failing to make significant progress. Yet Ravanchi described the Qatar talks as “serious and positive.”

He said Iran will contact the European Union coordinators “for the next stage of talks.”

During intensive consultations with EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Tehran last week “Iran once again emphasized its willingness to provide creative solutions to the remaining issues in the hope of ending the deadlock,” Ravanchi said.

He spoke at a Security Council meeting on the UN resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal and its five permanent members — the US, Russia, China, Britain and France — and Germany. In 2018, then-US president Donald Trump pulled America out of the agreement, known as the JCPOA, raising tensions across the wider Middle East and sparking a series of attacks and incidents.

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