Diplomats from Iran have reportedly spoken to officials within the Biden administration over resuming talks on Iran’s nuclear program
Speaking to Kuwait’s al-Jarida newspaper, the anonymous official from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s office said that contacts began prior to President Joe Biden’s ascension to office, and implied that they are continuing but unofficial.
According to the Kuwaiti report, the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Rawanji was called to Iran to arrange contacts with the new administration in Washington before returning to New York with a series of conditions for Iran’s involvement in the resumption of talks over its nuclear program.
One condition reported is that Iran will not accept partial sanctions alleviation, as Tehran considers the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to be indivisible. The report says that Iran will reaffirm its demands that the US maintain all aspects of the deal, including the total lifting of sanctions, as an essential precondition to returning to the agreement.
Secondly, any disagreements over the accords must be discussed within the framework of the official negotiating committees. One of these anticipated disagreements Ians’s demand for compensation for financial losses it incurred due to the Trump administration’s exit from the deal, notably the financial impact of the sanctions.
According to the report, Iran will not approve of using the terms of the nuclear deal to address separate issues, such as its missile program and activities abroad. Also, no new members will be permitted to enter into the deal aside from the existing P5+1, including any Gulf Arab countries.