President Joe Biden is planning to meet with allies in Europe in order to discuss the possibility of the United States returning to the Iran nuclear agreement.
U.S. officials plan to meet in Vienna with representatives from Europe, Russia, and China in order to “identify the problems” in returning to the agreement first signed by President Barack Obama.
A State Department spokesman told Fox News that the world powers would serve as intermediaries to return to official talks with Iran. “We do not currently anticipate that there will be direct U.S.-Iranian talks through this process, although the United States remains open to them,” he said.
In a statement the European Union reported that at the meeting “participants will discuss the prospect of a possible U.S. return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached in Vienna in 2015, and on how to ensure full and effective implementation of the agreement by all parties.”
According to the Iranian state media Press TV, Iran stated that it rejects any indirect talks or the “step-by-step” lifting of sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately stressed that no meeting between Iranian and U.S. officials was planned.
In a tweet, Zarif said the goal of the Vienna session would be to “quickly finalize the lifting of sanctions” and “the cessation of remedial measures by Iran.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has blamed the U.S. for the current situation and called for the “illegal sanctions” on Iran to be lifted.
Problems of returning
Iran currently enriches its uranium inventories to around 4.5 %. This figure is above the 3.67 % limit imposed by the 2015 pact with world powers. The Persian regime began breaching its obligations in 2019 in retaliation for the U.S. exit a year earlier from the pact and its reimposition of sanctions.
Recently, Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi admitted that the Persian regime “could move” toward seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
Alavi issued the warning in a threatening tone in light of the continuing international sanctions and hours after Biden announced that he will not remove them unless the Iranian regime stops enriching uranium.
Michael Goodwin said in his article for the New York Post that the terms of the Obama-Biden Administration nuclear deal negotiated by John Kerry “were a surrender that paved the way for the mullahs to receive nuclear weapons in due course.”
Goodwin recalls that the deal was so lousy that international sanctions were lifted and Obama returned Iranian funds that were previously frozen, many of which went to fund terrorism in the region. Despite this, Biden has already invited Iran to join the nuclear deal and brought back Kerry for another round that could be a failure.
Joseph Humire, an expert on transnational threats in the Western Hemisphere, told El American that “it is practically a fact that the Democratic administration will resume negotiations with the Persian regime […] So I think there is only room to discuss how they do it”.
One of the minimum requirements should be “full inspection and transparency. Iran cannot choose where, when, and how the inspectors are going to enter to check how its nuclear program is progressing,” he added.