The U.S. is reassembling key members of the diplomatic team that held secret negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, leading to a breakthrough agreement, and sending them to Geneva for direct talks with representatives from Tehran in hopes of making progress toward a comprehensive final deal.
The discussions involving Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden's top foreign policy adviser, are set for Monday and Tuesday. The European Union's political director, Helga Schmid, will sit in.
The interim deal reached in November by Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — limited Iran's uranium enrichment program. In exchange, some penalties imposed against Iran were eased. But sanctions such as those targeting Iran's oil imports, have remained in place.
Those nuclear talks are scheduled to resume June 16. There's an informal deadline of July 20 for a comprehensive deal.