The United States will join international talks next week on an international nuclear deal with Iran.
That deal is in the doldrums, and Washington emphasizes that it is open to talks with Tehran’s regime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports. Direct negotiations between the two countries are not yet expected.
“It is still early days, and we do not expect an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions. But we think this is a healthy step forward,” said a department spokesman.
Earlier Friday, it was announced that the crucial countries China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom would meet on Tuesday in the Austrian capital Vienna to talk with Iran about the nuclear agreement. The countries want to revive the agreement.
Iran has no longer complied with the agreements since the United States unilaterally stepped out of the agreement in 2018 under the leadership of then-President Donald Trump. In the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to restrictions on and monitoring its nuclear activities to lift economic sanctions.
While Trump’s successor Joe Biden is open to returning to the accord, that hasn’t happened to date. The president first wants Iran to stick to the agreements again, while Iran demands that the US lift the sanctions first.
The consultation in Vienna is under the presidency of the European Union. The EU says that the discussion partners will determine which sanctions should be lifted and which measures are necessary because of the nuclear activities.