Officials from Iran and five other world powers that remain party to the Iran Nuclear Deal will meet on Tuesday, in an effort to get the United States back to the deal.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew the country from the deal in 2018 and instead stepped up sanctions against the Iranian regime.
Since then, Iran has been violating restrictions in the 2015 accord, which was established to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions.
In recent months, it announced that its scientists had begun enriching uranium by up to 20%, a technical step closer to weapons grade levels, and threatened to hack surveillance cameras used by international inspectors.
On Friday it was announced that the United States and Iran would begin indirect talks through intermediaries, one of the first signs of tangible progress in efforts to return both countries to the terms of the agreement.
After Friday’s virtual meeting, the countries said Tuesday’s meeting would aim to “clearly identify the lifting of sanctions and nuclear implementation measures, including by convening meetings of the relevant expert groups.”
Officials from Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain will meet at the meeting chaired by the European Union on Tuesday in Vienna.
An American delegation will also be in town to talk. US President Joe Biden has indicated that he is willing to re-enter the nuclear deal.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the talks are a “healthy step forward,” but added that “we do not anticipate early or immediate progress as these discussions will hopefully be difficult. “.
“We do not anticipate at this time that there will be direct talks with Iran,” he said. “Although, of course, we remain open to them. So we will have to see how things go earlier this week.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter on Friday: “There will be no meeting between Iran and the United States. Unnecessary.”
Iran analyst Soraya Lennie told Euronews that she believes there is enough will from all parties to get the deal back on track.
“I don’t think it’s as difficult as it was to reach an agreement in the first place. This crisis started around 2006 and the agreement was reached in 2015, “he said.
“The constant message from Tehran is that if the US complies again, Iran will comply again. The constant message from Joe Biden is that the US did not want a new agreement, they wanted to rejoin the agreement as is. “
While everyone needs the deal, he says, it is the Iranian people who are suffering the most from the breakdown of the deal.
“The Iranian economy, the Iranian people need the deal more than anyone because four decades of sanctions and then specifically sanctions under Obama and then Trump, and now Joe Biden, who has not repealed any American sanctions, are really harmful to Iranian civilians. they have nothing to do with international politics, so they need a break, they need a deal. “
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