U.S. Ready To Talk With Iran On Nuclear Deal

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses the parliament in the capital Tehran on Sept. 3 2019

The officials said the US had reversed travel restrictions that the Trump administration had put in place on Iranian diplomats at the United Nations.

Biden, who was vice president when Barack Obama's administration negotiated the deal in 2015, indicated during his campaign that he would seek to rejoin the agreement.

In advance of the USA announcement, the Biden administration on Thursday withdrew Trump's invocation of the "snapback sanctions" at the United Nations.

According to a summary of the conversation provided by Michel's office, he expressed concern over Iran's "departure" from its commitments under the nuclear deal but also stressed "the European Union will continue to deploy efforts to facilitate the full implementation of the JCPOA and the return of the United States of America to the agreement" - an acknowledgment that it was Trump who unilaterally abandoned the accord in 2018 and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran.

The 2015 accord is aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Reporting from the Iranian capital, Tehran, earlier Thursday, FRANCE 24's Reza Sayah said Iran has made its position on re-entering the deal clear.

It remains unclear if Iran and world powers will be able to overcome the deep mistrust that resulted from the Trump administration's withdrawal from the agreement.

The joint statement urged "Iran to consider the consequences of such grave action, particularly at this time of renewed diplomatic opportunity".

In the hopes of finding a "mutually agreeable solution", the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Director General Rafael Grossi will visit Tehran on Saturday for discussions with senior Iranian officials. Until now, President Biden, who campaigned on reviving the nuclear pact, has said the US would rejoin the deal as soon as Iran resumed complying with the terms that restrict its production of nuclear materials.

Iran has said the developments are for civilian use, but Western powers have argued that there is no credible use of 20% enriched uranium for civilians.

The diplomatic offer also comes days ahead of a deadline Iran has set in which it has demanded the Biden administration start reversing sanctions imposed under the Trump administration, or else it would ban snap inspections by the IAEA, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration would reenter talks about the JCPOA with Iran and the other nations that negotiated the original agreement.

Since Trump reimposed economic sanctions, Iran has been in breach of the JCPOA.

"Remove the cause if you fear the effect", Zarif wrote on Twitter. In response, Iran began enriching uranium at higher levels than allowed in the deal, putting it closer to being able to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Iran's threats are "very worrying", British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, stressing the need "to re-engage diplomatically in order to restrain Iran, but also bring it back into compliance".

In Iran, before the USA announcement, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that the Biden administration would rejoin the accord and lift the US sanctions that Washington reimposed under Trump, the Associated Press quoted Iranian state television as saying.

The diplomats also expressed concern about human rights violations in Iran and its ballistic missile program.



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