Iran: Talks Focus on Verification of US Sanction Relief

FM confirms talks will soon resume

Iran’s nuclear negotiations will be resuming soon, according to Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahlan, who addressed the matter on Saturday. No date has been set for the talks.

When they do resume, Iran’s focus will be not just on getting the 2015 deal back in place, but on getting verification that the US will actually provide the promised sanctions relief.

That’s no small matter, as President Obama reached the deal but never delivered on sanctions relief. President Trump followed this up by dishonoring the deal in its entirety. President Biden is keen to get the deal back in effect, but it would be pointless for Iran if the US still feels they can ignore their responsibilities.

For Iran, verification would include the US not just delivering, but providing some sort of assurance that they aren’t going to dishonor the deal again after the next election. US officials have warned they don’t really have a way to promise that.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.