Surprise Iran nuclear talks: Why US sends in top US-Iran dealmaker

June 9, 2014 6:28 PM

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With Iran nuclear talks sputtering, both the Obama administration and Tehran worry that scant progress could spur the US Congress to impose damaging new sanctions on Iran.

The US State Department has dispatched its No. 2 diplomat to surprise talks with senior Iranian officials in Geneva, an indication of the Obama administration’s growing concerns over lack of progress in international talks on curtailing Iran’s nuclear program.

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