Iran, world powers to discuss nuclear deal

Officials from Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and the UK are set to meet virtually to discuss a possible return of the US to the 2015 nuclear deal, the European Union says.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has been seeking to engage Iran in talks about both sides resuming compliance with the deal, under which US and other economic sanctions are removed in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program to make it harder to develop a nuclear weapon – an ambition officials in Tehran deny.

The US and Iran have yet to agree even to meet about reviving the deal and are communicating indirectly via European countries, officials have said.