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U.S. To Lift Sanctions On Iran

The United States is prepared to remove sanctions on Iran to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, including those that are inconsistent with the 2015 pact.

The U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price said, we are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the pact formally called the joint comprehensive plan of action, including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that talks in Vienna on rescuing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal had opened a "new chapter".

Earlier, an Iranian delegation met with representatives of the remaining parties to the agreement to discuss how to bring Washington back into it and end crippling us sanctions and Iranian countermeasures.

US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to reverse the decision of his predecessor Donald Trump to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose unilateral sanctions.

But differences remain over the mechanics of the move as Tehran has since responded by suspending compliance with some of its own obligations under the deal.

The United States was not present at Tuesday's discussions because Iran has refused to meet the US delegation so long as its sanctions remain in place.

The European Union also gave a positive assessment of the opening talks.