Iran says direct US talks essential for nuclear deal

June 8, 2014 10:11 AM

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TEHRAN: Iran's chief negotiator said Sunday that direct talks agreed between Tehran and Washington are essential, as discussions on his country's disputed nuclear program are entering a "serious phase."

The two countries will hold their first full-scale bilateral talks in decades on Monday and Tuesday, an unprecedented move toward securing a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the West.

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