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Iran, US announce surprise nuclear talks

Published on Jun 8, 2014 6:22 AM

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran and the United States will on Monday and Tuesday hold their first direct talks in decades, in an unprecedented move toward securing a comprehensive nuclear deal between Teheran and the West.

The discussions will take place in Geneva, with the US delegation led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Undersecretary Wendy Sherman, who is responsible for Iran negotiations.  

Iran will be represented at vice-foreign minister level in what is the most senior direct bilateral contact on the nuclear issue so far.  

The talks will be the first between Iran and the US to fall outside the P5+1 group – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany – which is pursuing talks in the quest for a landmark nuclear settlement.  

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