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Iran nuclear talks hang in balance after Russia invades Ukraine

Experts warn that time is running out to save the 2015 accord

The war in Ukraine has cast a new cloud over hopes of reviving the Iran nuclear deal. (Source photos by AFP/Jiji and AP) 

TEHRAN -- Long-running efforts to revive the international deal to limit Iran's nuclear program are hanging in the balance after Russia's invasion of Ukraine threw up a new hitch.

On Monday, the U.S. State Department said that an agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was neither imminent nor certain. Russia's ambassador to Iran said he hoped efforts would resume after the Nowruz Persian New Year holiday, which fell on the same day.

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