Unclear if new nuclear talks before Iran vote: U.S. official

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) and his deputy Ali Baqeri take part in talks with the P5+1 group on Iran’s nuclear program in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5, 2013.

(Reuters) – A senior U.S. official said on Saturday it was unclear whether a new round of nuclear talks with Iran could be held before the Islamic state’s presidential election in June.

Analysts say the run-up to the election is likely to complicate decision-making in Tehran and make it more difficult for it to make any concessions in the decade-old dispute over its nuclear program.

Asked after two days of inconclusive talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty whether a new meeting could be held before the election, the U.S. official said: “We don’t know. I don’t rule it out.”

By Reuters


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