US hopes to restart Iran talks but cites ‘alarming’ nuclear progress

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The United States hopes to restart nuclear talks with Iran soon, a senior US official said Monday, while noting “alarming” progress by Tehran on developing nuclear capacity.

“We’re hopeful we can be back in Vienna (for talks)… in a fairly short period of time,” the senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters.

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said Monday that the new round of discussions could begin by early November.

Iran’s nuclear activity will be at the center of talks between US and Israeli national security teams in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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