Iran diplomat says nuclear negotiations set to resume next month

A senior Iranian official announced Wednesday that negotiations with the United States and other countries in a long-running nuclear dispute would resume on Dec. 4, a few days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the return of the negotiations would not necessarily be a final settlement, only a start of the final talks. That would be the best outcome because it would end the economic sanctions imposed by the United States and other nations over Iran’s nuclear program.

The official said talks on a final settlement were set to begin in November 2019, after which the official said “it takes six to nine months to get to the final result.”

Iran has insisted it will not have a nuclear weapon while promising to make concessions at the talks in exchange for sanctions being lifted. The official said negotiators should make a decision on whether Iran should have an interim agreement by late May or early June. He said they would see whether progress is made on a final deal by mid-November.

The official added that to try to help the sides reach a final settlement, they would first hold talks to set parameters for any deal.

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