Washington Wants to Expand the Nuclear Deal with Iran

The Biden administration sees a need to expand the nuclear deal with Tehran based on existing agreements, US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley said on Wednesday.

“Our position is clear. We believe that the best way forward – and we also thought Iran supported this – is to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program and then discuss ways to support or strengthen it, or resolve issues, which remain the subject of controversy for Iran and the US,” Malley said in an interview with the Carnegie Endowment.

The American diplomat expressed confidence that the US “should be able to negotiate with Iran about something stronger and broader than what is agreed within the framework of the JCPOA.”

In 2015, the UK, Germany, China, Russia, USA, France, and Iran signed the JCPOA, which included lifting sanctions in exchange for limiting Tehran’s nuclear program.

In May 2018, former US President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and introduce tougher sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In response, Tehran announced that it will abandon the restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges, as well as the level of uranium enrichment.

In Vienna, currently there are talks to restore the agreement and the lifting of US sanctions – the sixth round ended on June 20. According to Mikhail Ulyanov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to international organizations in Vienna, the work to restore the deal has been completed by almost 90%, there are still political moments related to the obligations of the US and how Washington will comply with them in the future.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry pointed out that talks will resume in the fall, when there will be a new government in the country, former by the new Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.

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