Brussels: The European Union announced on Thursday that amidst developments welcomed by Washington, world powers and Iran will meet via teleconference to discuss whether the United States may return to the Iran nuclear deal.
Representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran will attend the meeting on Friday. The United States, the United States, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran are still parties to the agreement.
“Participants will discuss the prospect of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA, and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides,” the statement said, referring to the deal by its initials.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that “we obviously welcome this as a positive step”.
“We are ready to pursue a return to compliance with our JCPOA commitments consistent with Iran also doing the same,” Price said.
The US is speaking to partners “about the best way to achieve this, including through a series of initial mutual steps,” he added.
This meeting will convene agencies to oversee the implementation of the JCPOA, which has been under threat since then U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran in 2018 and began to resume its reduced nuclear activities.
The online conference will be hosted by Enrique Mora, a senior EU diplomat, on behalf of Josep Borrell, the head of EU foreign policy.
Trump condemned the 2015 agreement that believes that Iran can accept international sanctions in exchange for accepting restrictions on its nuclear program, and Western countries worry that the restrictions will lead to the acquisition of atomic weapons.
But the new President of the United States Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the agreement on the condition that Tehran returns first and abides by the promises it gave up in retaliation against Trump’s decision.
Earlier this month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that if Tehran believes Washington is keeping its promises, Iran may resume full compliance.
The agreement was signed by Iran in Vienna in 2015 with the major powers United States, China, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, under an EU chair.
It was designed to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring a nuclear arsenal by imposing strict limits on its nuclear programme and force it to remain exclusively civilian and peaceful.