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By Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) – Indirect talks between Iran and the United States to bring the two sides back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal are progressing steadily and will resume on Friday, the head of the Russian delegation said on Saturday. . Talks began last month in Vienna with the remaining parties to the deal – Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – meeting in the basement of a luxury hotel and the United States in another hotel across the street. Iran has refused to hold direct meetings with US officials. Washington withdrew from the deal in 2018 under President Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions against Tehran. Iran responded beginning in 2019 by violating many of the agreement’s limits on its nuclear activities. “We should not expect progress in the coming days,” Russia’s ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters after a meeting of the remaining parties that concluded the third round of talks. He was the only official who addressed journalists. “We simply need to continue the diplomatic work, from day to day, and we have every reason to hope that the result, (the) end result, will be successful and will come very soon, in a few weeks,” he said. he said, adding that talks will resume on Friday. The breakdown of the talks was widely expected, as diplomats said officials from several countries are also involved in the Group of Seven foreign ministers’ meeting in London that begins on Monday and ends on Wednesday. Russia is generally one of the most optimistic voices in the talks. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday that the talks were in “an unclear place,” meaning it was unclear whether they would lead to an agreement.