Iran Says Willing to Negotiate Directly With US to Reach a ‘Good Agreement’

The US and Iran have been negotiating indirectly in Vienna

On Monday, Iran’s foreign minister said Tehran would be willing to negotiate directly with the US if that’s what it takes to reach a “good agreement” to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

“Iran is not currently talking with the US directly. But, if, during the negotiation process, we get to a point that reaching a good agreement with solid guarantees requires a level of talks with the US, we will not ignore that in our work schedule,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Iran and the US both have envoys in Vienna that are meeting with representatives from the other JCPOA signatories; China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany, and the process is being brokered by EU diplomat Enrique Mora. Amir-Abdollahian said that the US is sending messages that it “seeks a level of direct talks with Iran.”

The major sticking point between the US and Iran is over guarantees Tehran wants to ensure Washington doesn’t pull out of the deal again. Since the JCPOA is not a treaty, there is no way to obligate a future administration to stay in the deal.

During earlier negotiations with the previous Iranian government, Iran narrowed down the request and only wanted President Biden to promise he would stay in the JCPOA during his term. But Biden refused, wasting the opportunity to restore the deal.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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