The USA and Iran begin oblique talks in regards to the new dedication to the nuclear settlement
President Joe Biden’s administration will open indirect talks with Iran to resume the historic 2015 nuclear deal that restricted Iran’s nuclear program.
Speaking to reporters, State Department spokesman Ned Price described the negotiations as “a healthy step forward,” but warned, “These days are just beginning and we do not expect an immediate breakthrough as difficult discussions lie ahead.”
Earlier, The European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Iran, all parties to the agreement, announced that they “have recognized the prospect of a full US return to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]and underlined their willingness to approach this positively in a joint effort. “
An explanation after their virtual meeting “Stressed their commitment to the preservation of the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure a return to its full and effective implementation.”
The talks begin on Tuesday in Vienna.
President Biden has made the resumption of the nuclear deal a priority of his administration. Former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018 and intensified an already strained relationship with Iran. Last year Iran issued an arrest warrant for Trump and 35 others for the murder of Qassem Suleimani, the nation’s supreme general, who was killed in a drone attack on January 3, 2020.
“General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service personnel in Iraq and across the region,” a Pentagon statement said said back then. “This strike was aimed at deterring future plans to attack Iran.”
The White House later confirmed that the strike was a “decisive defense measure” carried out “on the orders of the President”. International allies criticized the strike as an escalation of an already tense conflict.
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