IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL HANGS IN BALANCE AS US SHOWS INTENT FOR DIRECT TALKS

The future of the Iran nuclear deal is hanging in the balance as the US acknowledged for the first time that it is prepared to hold direct talks with Tehran over how both sides can come back into strict compliance with its terms.

Washington revealed its willingness to hold talks in a joint statement issued by the US secretary of state, Tony Blinken, and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK.

The statement also stressed that the three European nations welcomed the prospect of the US and Iran returning to compliance with the nuclear deal, and then strengthening it and addressing broader security concerns.

The phrasing about sequencing allows for a mutual return to the existing deal without a necessary commitment by both sides to renegotiate and strengthen it, something to which Iran is adamantly opposed.

The four diplomats also warned Iran not to go ahead with plans to increase pressure on Washington by banning snap intrusive inspections of its nuclear sites, describing any such decision as “dangerous and grave particularly at the time of renewed diplomatic opportunity”.

 

Source: The Guardian