Iran will not hold talks with US in Vienna over nuclear deal: Iran foreign ministry

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Tehran will not hold bilateral talks with the US delegation in the Vienna talks over Iran’s nuclear deal, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a news conference.

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The European Union official chairing the Iran nuclear talks said separately on Monday that he had met Chinese, Russian and Iranian negotiators on Sunday and that he would meet the European and US teams on Monday before formal talks later in the day.

“Intense preparatory work ongoing,” Enrique Mora, the deputy secretary general of the EU’s foreign service, said on Twitter from Vienna, where a seventh round of talks is due to start.

World powers and Iran are gathering on Monday to try to salvage their 2015 nuclear deal, although, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim.

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