Biden’s team has stated that once the two sides reach a nuclear agreement (ie, the “Joint Comprehensive Action Plan” or JCPOA), Washington hopes to further negotiate with Iran to extend the time limit of the agreement and try to limit Iran’s nuclear agreement. The Middle East provides missile programs and military support for Hezbollah, Hamas and Shiite militias, and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
After Friday’s meeting, the European Union issued a presidential statement announcing the Vienna talks “to clearly determine sanctions lifting and nuclear enforcement measures.” All parties, including Russia and China, “emphasized their commitment to maintaining the JCPOA ,”
Both parties have been trying to find a way back to the agreement through European participants without causing domestic political problems. Iran will hold a presidential election in June, and the government clearly hopes to show progress in lifting sanctions before then. Mr. Biden must be careful not to let Republicans in the Senate (most of whom oppose the deal in the first place) make any sense to his demands.
Although Iran has always insisted that it will never seek nuclear weapons, it now believes that the country is only a few months away from accumulating enough highly enriched uranium to produce at least one nuclear weapon, so time is also a factor in Washington.
State television reported that in Tehran, Iran, Iran’s nuclear negotiator Abbas Archic said at the meeting: “The United States does not need any negotiations to return to the nuclear agreement, and the path is clear.” Iran has always insisted that since Washington It is the one who withdraws from the agreement. It must first return to Washington before Iran does so. Although the Vienna talks hope to proceed in order, it may still maintain a public position.
Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador to the International Organization in Vienna, said: “The impression is that we are on the right path, but the path forward is not easy and will require great efforts. Stakeholders seem to be We are ready for this.”
Farnaz Fassihi provided a report from New York.