The Biden administration plans to resume indirect negotiations with Iran this weekend as part of its efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday.
Sherman made her remarks, which were first reported by Reuters, during a virtual event hosted by the German Marshall Fund, saying that “there’s been a lot of progress made” but that no agreement is finalized until the last detail is “nailed down.”
The deputy secretary also said that the Iranian presidential elections, set to take place next week, have complicated the Vienna negotiations among the U.S., Iran and participants to the nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
This will be the fifth round of discussions among the U.S. side, led by special envoy Robert Malley, European intermediaries and Iran on a pathway to “compliance for compliance” for both sides to return to the parameters of the nuclear accord.
Iran has called for the U.S. to lift all sanctions imposed after then-President Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018, in exchange for Tehran reversing actions it has taken that have violated the terms of the deal, including enriching uranium beyond the levels it allows.
The U.S. has said it is prepared to lift sanctions that are “inconsistent” with the original terms of the JCPOA.
“I hope we can get to compliance for compliance,” Sherman said, adding that the administration also seeks a commitment from Iran to address other areas of concern for the U.S. and its allies, such as its support for terrorist attacks and proxy f… (Read more)