The US is prepared to lift sanctions on Iran that are 'inconsistent' with the 2015 nuclear deal
- The US is prepared to lift sanctions on
Iran"inconsistent" with the 2015 nuclear deal.
- The State Department did not offer specifics on what sanctions might be lifted.
- The US and Iran are involved in indirect talks in Vienna as part of an effort to revive the deal.
The State Department on Wednesday said that the US is willing to lift sanctions on Iran that are "inconsistent" with the 2015 nuclear deal.
"We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the
In Vienna, the US and Iran agreed to establish working groups with the goal of bringing both parties back into compliance with the deal in a synchronized fashion. This agreement was viewed by experts as a sign of progress in terms of restoring the deal, albeit incremental."This is an important positive step but it's not going to be easy to get back into the JCPOA," Ilan Goldenberg, Middle East Security Director at the Center for New American Security in Washington, DC, said of the
"Good news," Matt Duss, foreign policy advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders, tweeted in response to the development.The 2015 nuclear deal was designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Critics of the deal said it did not go far enough to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power, and also contended the pact was weak in terms of addressing Iran's regional behavior and missile program. Then-President
Before Trump withdrew from the JCPOA, Iran's breakout time to a nuclear weapon was roughly a year, but US officials now say it's closer to a few months. Iran remained in compliance with the pact for nearly a year after the US pulled out, but gradually took steps away from the agreement before effectively abandoning it altogether after Trump ordered a drone strike that killed the country's top general, Qassem Soleimani, in January 2020.
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