Iranian deputy foreign minister says Vienna talks must wait for new Iranian administration


CAIRO, July 17 (Reuters) – Iran’s deputy foreign minister on Saturday said negotiations on the nuclear deal in Vienna must await the start of the new Iranian administration under President-elect Ebrahim Raisi.

“We are in a period of transition because a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital. The talks in Vienna must therefore obviously await our new administration.”

A diplomatic source said on Wednesday that Iran was not ready to resume return negotiations in accordance with the 2015 nuclear deal until Raisi’s administration began.

Abbas Araqchi, also said on Twitter, that the United States and Britain must stop linking the prisoner swap to the nuclear deal.

“TEN PRISONERS of all stripes could be released TOMORROW if the US and UK fulfill their end of the deal,” he added. (Report by Nayera Abdallah)


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