Iran and the United States have begun talks in Qatar on Iran's nuclear program

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Iran and the United States today began indirect talks in Qatar mediated by the European Union on Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani met with EU envoy Enrique Mora in Doha following a previous meeting with Qatari officials and the Iranian ambassador.

It must convey messages between the United States and Iran.

The Qatari foreign minister said the aim of the talks was to re-establish the agreement "in a way that would support and strengthen security, stability and peace in the region and open new horizons for wider regional co-operation and dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran".

In 2015, Iran and several Western countries around the world reached an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Under the agreement, Tehran drastically reduced uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018, which increased tensions in the Middle East and caused conflicts and incidents.

Negotiations in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program have stalled since March.

Following the collapse of the 2015 agreement, Iran began to rapidly increase its uranium enrichment stock.

Iran insists it is not developing a nuclear program for military purposes. The United Nations and Western intelligence experts say Iran had an organized military nuclear program in 2003.

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