On June 9, 2021, Wendy SHERMAN the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State said that negotiations between Iran and the world powers on how to revive the 2015 nuclear accord will resume over the coming weekend.
During a virtual event organized by the German Marshall Fund, she said: “I know that the negotiation will start again over this coming weekend”.
“I think there’s been a lot of progress made but out of my own experience until the last detail is nailed down, and I mean nailed down, we will not know if we have an agreement” SHERMAN added.
The negotiations want to revive a landmark pact under which Iran agreed to curbs its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
Barriers to the revival of Iran’s nuclear deal remain firmly in place ahead of talks, suggesting a return to compliance with the 2015 accord is still a way off, four diplomats, two Iranian officials, and two analysts told the Reuters news agency.
SHERMAN said: “This is complicated, of course, by the Iranian presidential election, which is happening in just a few days,”
Iranian President Hassan ROUHANI, a pragmatist who promoted the original deal, is widely expected to be followed by a hard-line successor.
Donald TRUMP abandoned the JCPOA in 2018 claiming it would allow Tehran an eventual path to becoming a nuclear power. Trump reimposed unilateral US sanctions and embarked on a “maximum pressure” campaign. Iran responded by violating the agreement’s limits and reinvesting in its uranium enrichment capabilities.
Joe BIDEN, the US President said he wants to restore the deal’s nuclear limits and, if possible, extend them to cover issues such as Iran’s regional behavior and missile program. Iran wants all sanctions lifted and no expansion of the terms.
The Secretary of State Antony BLINKEN said the US was very unlikely to remove all of its sanctions from Iran, before a US Senate Committee.
“I would anticipate that even in the event of a return to compliance … hundreds of sanctions would remain in place, including sanctions imposed by the Trump administration,” BLINKEN said.
“If they are not inconsistent with the JCPOA, they will remain unless and until Iran’s behavior changes,” he added.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE, resigned to a revival of a nuclear pact with Iran, have been engaging with Tehran to contain tensions while lobbying for future talks to take their security concerns into account.
This article was edited using the data from Aljazeera.com, Iranintl.com, English.alarabiya.net, Reuters.com and, Arabnews.com.