Delegations from Iran and five of the original six signatory countries to the 2015 nuclear agreement met in Austria to seek a pathway back to the historic pact. Missing was a representative from the United States because Tehran refuses to meet with one. In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew the US from the accord and later reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Iran subsequently ramped back up its nuclear program. Now, Iran and the U.S. both under new leadership, are looking to return to the deal but with critical conditions attached.
CGTN’s Johannes Pleschberger has more.
Joining the discussion:
- Einar Tangen is a Political and Economic Affairs Commentator.
- Barbara Slavin is the Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council.
- John Ghazvinian is the Executive Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Trita Parsi is the Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
Iran struck a hard line after just one day of restarted talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal, suggesting everything discussed in previous rounds of diplomacy could be renegotiated. That contradicted comments by the EU diplomat leading the talks. https://t.co/7ohhLovR9U
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 30, 2021
Tehran says no deal unless sanctions are lifted pic.twitter.com/ucmxJa4SCA
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) November 30, 2021