US-Iran to hold bilateral nuclear talks next week

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 13, 2014American and Iranian negotiators will resume bilateral talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program next week in Geneva as a third deadline for a deal looms, a US official said Thursday. Acting Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman, who has led the US delegation for more than two years, will head the team of senior officials and advisors to the next round of bilateral negotiations on January 15-17 in the Swiss city, the State Department said. The two sides will also be joined by the EU’s political director Helga Schmid who will chair the next round of talks between the group known as the P5+1 and Iran in Geneva on January 18. In a sign that there are still tough talks ahead, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday voiced his distrust of Washington as he weighed the prospects of a complex nuclear deal.

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