TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) – Iranian deputy foreign minister has said that an imposition of new U.S. sanctions on Iran would seriously affect the process of talks between Tehran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program.

Abbas Araqchi, who is also a top nuclear negotiator, made the remarks in an interview with the Mehr News Agency published on Wednesday in reference to the efforts being made by U.S. Congress to impose new sanctions of Iran. 
 
The White House has pressed the Senate to hold off on introducing new sanctions in order to give the talks a chance.
 
The latest round of high-level negotiations between representatives from Iran and the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as the 5+1 group) was held in Geneva on October 15 and 16. The two sides agreed to hold further talks in Geneva on November 7 and 8. 
 
The talks in Geneva were the first since Hassan Rouhani took office as president in Iran in August.   
 
Iran and world powers also started two days of expert-level talks in Vienna on Wednesday.
 
Sanctions, nuclear, and scientific experts have attended the talks.  
 
Hamid Baeidinejad, director of the Political and Legal Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry, leads the Iranian expert delegation 
 
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