After leaving for more than five months, Iran returned to talks on a nuclear deal on Monday in Vienna, doubling down on its demand that sanctions must be lifted to salvage the deal. In June, the talks between Tehran and six other parties—the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the EU—were put on hold because Iran had a new, hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, at the time. The new president appointed a delegation for the negotiations with maximalist demands, including calls for the United States to unfreeze $10 billion in assets as an initial goodwill gesture. “The explicit and clear view of the Islamic Republic of Iran is that the rights and interests of the Iranian people must be realized at the negotiating table,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a video message released Sunday. “The sanctions must be lifted.” The top diplomat said Iran is serious with the talks …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics

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