Officials said Thursday that the United States is set to begin negotiations with Iran about returning to the 2015 nuclear deal.
The State Department said that Washington would accept an invitation to meet with the countries that negotiated the original agreement – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran – to “discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program.” for.”
“If this kind of meeting was going to happen, we are ready to show up,” an American official told Reuters.
Such an invitation has not yet been issued, but an expectation is expected shortly after Secretary Antony Blinken had a video meeting with his British, French and German counterparts gathered in Paris.
During the meeting, Blinken reiterated that the Biden administration would be willing to return to the agreement if Iran came into full compliance with the sanctions on nuclear work.
According to a joint statement released after the meeting, “If Iran returns in strict compliance with its commitments, the US will do the same.”
Iran began violating the deal in 2019 after former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the agreement and re-enforced economic sanctions on Tehran.
There was no immediate response from Iran after Thursday’s announcement.
With post wires