Officials from both Tehran and Washington will be traveling to Vienna next week as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to create a new nuclear deal between Iran and other global powers, though these talks will not be held directly.
Even though there won’t be face-to-face talks, which Tehran has absolutely ruled out, the presence of both of Iran and the U.S. in the Austrian capital would be a step forward for Biden in bringing back all sides into compliance with the deal.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to violate some of the pact’s nuclear restrictions. His successor Joe Biden wants to revive the accord, but Washington and Tehran have been at odds over who should take the first step.
“Iran and the U.S. will be in the same town, but not the same room,” a European diplomatic source said. A Western diplomat said a shuttle diplomacy approach would be adopted.advertisement — content continues below
The talks will seek to create negotiating lists of sanctions that the United States could lift and nuclear obligations Iran should meet, the EU official said.
“Aim: Rapidly finalize sanction-lifting & nuclear measures for choreographed removal of all sanctions, followed by Iran ceasing remedial measures,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter. “No Iran-US meeting. Unnecessary,” he went on to add.
This idea was a bad idea the first time around and it looks like it’s an even worse this time too. These folks just do not learn. If Biden cared about America, if he cared about Israel as our ally, there’s no way he would try to revive this deal.
All that matters is appeasing that base. Pray for America and her safety.