The US expects “difficult” Iran talks and does not see an early breakthrough

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Iranian protester holds the picture of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as she participates in an anti-US demonstration marking the 40th anniversary of the takeover of the US embassy near the old US embassy in Tehran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has downplayed expectations for indirect talks beginning Tuesday in Vienna on Washington and Tehran to resume compliance with the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and expects the talks to be difficult.

“We do not underestimate the magnitude of the challenges ahead. These are early days. We do not expect an early or immediate breakthrough because, as we fully expect, these discussions will be difficult,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters during his daily briefing on Monday.

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