The United States and Iran are expected to return to Vienna next week to resume the sixth round of indirect talks over the now-defunct nuclear deal, which the Biden administration is looking to re-enter.
“We expect there will be a sixth. I think there's just about every expectation that there will be subsequent rounds beyond that,” State Department Spokesman Ned Price told reporters during a briefing.
Talks in Vienna are being held under the auspices of the European Union, China and Russia.
Repeating previous comments signaling Washington’s frustration that Tehran continued to refuse direct talks with US officials, Price said this was making the issue more complicated.
“There is no lack of distrust between and among Iran and the other partners and allies with whom we're working on this,” Price said.