Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, said “all sides” are ready to talk “seriously” about a way back into the nuclear deal.
Indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran on the return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal focus on the steps the United States needs to take to end the American sanctions and what Iran needs to do. take to resume his obligations, a senior White House official from Biden said on Friday.
“We have seen the willingness of all parties, including the Iranians, to talk seriously about the sanctions relief restrictions and a return path to the JCPOA,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Friday. .
Sullivan’s comments to an American group followed the start this week of a third round of interviews in Vienna in which representatives from Great Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union shuttle between the American and Iranian delegations.
“I’m not going to characterize the substance of the negotiations at this point, because they are in… an unclear place,” Sullivan said during an Aspen Security Forum webinar.
“It is still uncertain whether this will lead to a deal in Vienna,” he said.
The JCPOA stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is the official title of the 2015 United Nations-backed agreement between Iran and world powers banning Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrawn the United States out of the deal in 2018 and reimposed tough economic sanctions on Iran. In response, Tehran began enriching uranium to higher levels approaching weapon levels.
President Joe Biden has pledged to return to the deal. Iran has refused direct talks on resuming compliance in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions.
Sullivan was asked if the Iranians were negotiating in good faith.
“I guess good faith is always in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “The Iranians have come in a serious way to have serious discussions about the details and the teams are now working on those details. “
The talks revolved around “how to sequence the process” of the United States lift sanctions and Iran is stopping its enrichment work, Sullivan said.
In recent days, senior Israeli officials have met in Washington with Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to voice Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s concerns over the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.
The Aspen Security Forum is an annual, non-partisan conference held in the U.S. state of Colorado that this year focused on Biden’s first 100 days in office. Additionally, speakers included Biden’s Assistant Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, Trump’s former Assistant Secretary of State Steve Biegun, and former Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
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Sullivan added that the Biden administration believes the United States will have “sufficient capacity” to “disrupt threats” in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the White House continues to plan a summit between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin to be held in the coming months in a European country.
And China is noting new U.S. economic growth and reinvigorated alliances in the Indo-Pacific, Sullivan said. “It makes them think twice about whether the United States is going down,” he said.