U.S. Sounds Caution Against Optimism By Iran, Russia Over Nuclear Talks

U.S. Sounds Caution Against Optimism By Iran, Russia Over Nuclear Talks

Andrew H. Sweet

On Tuesday, Iran and Russia both gave upbeat views about talks that kicked off this week to salvage Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with global powers. However, Western nations have said the negotiations are going too slowly.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said a deal was possible soon if other parties showed "good faith" while Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov said a working group was making "indisputable progress" in the eighth round of talks.

Speaking at a telephonic press briefing, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said there was some progress in the last round of talks, but it was too soon to tell whether Tehran, in the current round, returned to the table to build on those gains.

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