Iran’s mullahs strive to acquire new pressure cards they can use in the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear file in Vienna, Austria.
These days around the Iranian nuclear program, all eyes are on Vienna, a city where direct or indirect negotiations are being held between Iran and the United States, along with major world powers. The Iranian government is seeking to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement (JCPOA) at any price.
More than 50 Democratic National Committee members and party leaders, including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and California Representative Barbara Lee, are calling on President Joe Biden to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and lift the aggressive Trump-era sanctions on the country.
For the Iranian government and its officials, the Vienna negotiations about a new Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal, seem to have no result other than more disputes among officials.
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The European signatories of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal recently gave Iran a “roadmap” of the sanctions that the US will lift if the Iranian regime complies with the agreements they made under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif ruled out the possibility of protracted talks in the negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, stressing that the timing and duration of talks are defined by the national interests only.
Iran is still willing to resume non-proliferation talks, despite defying Western powers on uranium enrichment after an attack on one nuclear facility.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday called Iran’s announcement of an intent to begin enriching uranium at 60% purity “provocative,” saying the step raised questions about the seriousness of Tehran over the nuclear talks in Vienna.
Following the Vienna meetings, there is optimism, particularly from the EU and the UK, that Iran’s and the US’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal can be restored. But according to former European Parliament Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras, they have not spent long enough considering whether this should is the best outcome, especially given Iran’s provocations since the deal was signed.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) recently reported that the Iranian regime leaders were looking forward to the new United States administration, following the inauguration of President Joe Biden earlier this year.