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Raisi: Iran wants resumption of nuclear talks that leads to lifting US sanctions

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during an interview on broadcast of the state television in Tehran, Iran on September 05, 2021 [Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on September 05, 2021 [Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Iran wants a resumption of nuclear talks with world powers to lead to the removal of US sanctions, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told the annual UN General Assembly on Tuesday in a pre-recorded address, Reuters reported.

Hardline cleric Raisi, who is under personal US sanctions over allegations of human rights abuses in his past as a judge, said the U.S. sanctions, imposed by former US President Donald Trump in 2018, "were crimes against humanity during the coronavirus pandemic".

Indirect talks between Iran and the United States to revive the 2015 nuclear pact stopped two days after Raisi was elected as Iran's president in June.

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