US agrees to re-engage Iran in nuclear deal at European insistence
The Biden administration pledged to re-engage with Iran over the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the Trump administration exited. After a conference with the three European signatories’ foreign ministers on Thursday, state department spokesman Ned Price said the US would accept an invitation from the European Union to meet Iran at this “critical moment” for the talks. The US, UK, France and Germany also said they were determined that Iran should not get a nuclear weapon. They called Tehran’s move to block inspections “dangerous.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted in response the refrain that his country would only comply with the deal fully once US sanctions had been lifted. Nonetheless, Washington rescinded its request for the UN Security Council to renew sanctions for the production of ballistic missiles.