The Biden administration says they are ready to meet with Iran and other participants from the 2015 nuclear deal.
The U.S. is prepared to accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the countries that signed the 2015 nuclear agreement Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran.
The European Union’s deputy secretary general for political affairs, Enrique Mora, stated that the nuclear accord was at “a critical moment”.
President Biden has promised during his campaign that he would be prepared to bring the U.S. back into the nuclear agreement if Iran decided to comply with the deal’s restrictions on its nuclear work. Since President Biden’s inauguration, admin officials had issued cautious statements about meeting with Iran.
Relations between Tehran and Washington D.C. slowed in the first days of the Biden administration over a disagreement about who should act first or if the U.S. should begin lifting sanctions or Iran should show their intent to stop getting nuclear weapons.
To make matters worse, there was an attack on a U.S. base near Irbil, Iraq, on Monday that U.S. and Kurdish officials privately attribute to Iran. No U.S. official had overtly blamed Tehran for the attack as of Thursday afternoon, a break from prior years that saw almost immediate attribution of similar strikes.
When asked about the apparent delay in blaming Iran for the provocative attack, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated “I would not read into the manner in which we’re going about this as some sort of policy derivative.”
The Trump admin decided to leave the deal because of Iran’s support for terrorist groups and proxy militias in ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Yemen and anywhere else.
Sources: Newsmax, Washington Post, and The Hill; Photo: wionews.com