Washington is ready to hold direct talks with Tehran, the State Department said.
The United States has agreed to participate in the multilateral negotiations that will begin on Tuesday in Vienna as part of the process of renewing the 2015 “nuclear deal” between Iran and the leading world powers (the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China). The information was confirmed on Friday by Ned Price, a State Department official.
Price said the talks in Vienna would build on the working groups that the EU will form with other parties to the agreement, including Iran.
“We do not expect an immediate breakthrough, as difficult discussions lie ahead. But we believe that this is a necessary step forward, ” Price said in a statement, adding that Washington is ready to hold direct talks directly with Tehran.
According to the Reuters news agency, citing a source in the European Union, the goal of the negotiators is to reach an agreement within two months.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew from American participation in the international agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to violate some of the restrictions stipulated in terms of the deal.
President Joe Biden wants to renew U.S. participation in the agreement, but Washington and Tehran can’t decide who should take the first step.
“The representatives of Iran and the United States will be in the same city, but not in the same room,” a European diplomatic source told Reuters.