Newly elected US president Joe Biden and his counterpart president Hassan Rouhani of Iran have said they will attempt new negotiations through intermediaries to reinvigorate the stalled nuclear deal. Former US president Mr Trump walked away from the deal during his time in office. The details of the deal bound Iran to tight restrictions on its nuclear programmes.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “These remain early days and we don’t anticipate an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions ahead.
“But we believe this is a healthy step forward.”
In 2018 Mr Trump walked out on the deal and reimposed strict new sanctions on Iran.
In 2019 Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei described working with the US on negotiating the deal as “poison”.
He said: “We don’t seek a war, and they don’t either.
“They know it’s not in their interests”.
Iran then went on to violate some of the details of the original deal as a retaliation.
However, now Mr Biden has said he will rejoin the accord in which Iran agreed to dismantle much of its nuclear programme.
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This means Iran must open its nuclear facilities to more extensive international inspections.
The benefit of cooperation for Iran will be sanctions relief.
Talks between US and Iran will take place in Vienna next week, as both sides attempt to restart negotiations.
These talks will begin in Austria on 6 April.
The US has said it will scrutinise the steps Iran will make to return to complying with the restrictions of the nuclear deal.
Mr Price, the US State Department spokesman, said: “We do not anticipate presently that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through this process.
“Though the United States remains open to them.”
The Iran nuclear deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is a framework to ensure Iran does not develop functional nuclear weapons.
However, on 5 January 2020, after the Baghdad Airport Airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Iran said it would not abide by the restrictions of the deal.
But now under a new US administration there is renewed hope that both sides will return to the negotiating table.
Those nations participating in negotiations for the deal are, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union.