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Weekly Roundup: EU, Iran Agree Nuclear Discussions

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Iran and the EU agreed Thursday to hold talks in Brussels aimed at resuming talks on the 2015 nuclear deal whose future is looking less and less certain. Although Western diplomats hoped that a new round of talks would occur before the end of October, Reuters reported that Tehran's new negotiating team isn't ready yet and wants to meet with EU officials in the next few weeks to discuss texts that would be put forward. The latest breakthrough came during a meeting in Tehran between Europe’s top diplomat for the Iran nuclear deal, Enrique Mora, and Ali Bagheri, the Iranian deputy foreign minister for political affairs. US negotiator Rob Malley told a virtual event Oct. 13 he will travel to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia next week “to talk about our effort to come back" to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and "to talk about what options we have to control Iran's nuclear program if we don’t achieve that goal." Longtime rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran have had a series of tentative diplomatic engagements this year.

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