New Iran nuclear deal talks planned for November, says Russian Foreign Minister

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was able to achieve an agreement from Iran over a possible resumption of nuclear talks, just four days before the deadline, BBC reported on Monday. The minister claims that…

New Iran nuclear deal talks planned for November, says Russian Foreign Minister

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was able to achieve an agreement from Iran over a possible resumption of nuclear talks, just four days before the deadline, BBC reported on Monday. The minister claims that the parties — the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany — agreed that the negotiations will take place by the end of November. It is unclear whether this agreement will include Iran meeting the first of the so-called nuclear “enrichment” requirements outlined in an interim agreement that was reached in 2015. According to the deal, Iran was only supposed to slow the rate at which its nuclear program would advance, and at the end of this year, its deadline would be extended a second time. In November, the deal would require Iran to decrease the amount of enriched uranium it was holding and to continue to freeze its enrichment program.

Iran and the world powers under the agreement were set to begin a new set of talks before the end of the year to discuss Iran’s enrichment capacity. The country pulled out of the 2015 agreement in May of this year, however, after Donald Trump recognized the country as a major state sponsor of terrorism, which he determined to be a violation of the pact. Although Iran had expressed a desire to return to talks and rejoin the agreement — which lifted sanctions — after the agreement was reviewed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United States deemed the fact that the agency had yet to determine whether Iran’s decision to pull out was a violation of the agreement to be a “red line” for Iran.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told ABC News on Monday that the United States would begin sanctions again after the resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council is made public. These sanctions would be carried out by the European Union and Russia, but according to Pence, the United States would reimpose the sanctions that had been lifted as a result of the Obama-era nuclear deal. “The United States takes the reimposition of sanctions off the table, as long as Iran abides by its international obligations, but the agreement is not going to be fulfilled by a spirit, which is broken,” Pence said.

Several European countries, including Germany, have expressed disappointment over Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, a decision that was a massive political blow for the United States as it also strained diplomatic relations with allies abroad, and likely had an economic impact on the country at home. While China and the European Union have made it clear that they intend to keep the nuclear deal intact, reports indicate that Iran is unlikely to return to the deal, which they say Trump’s withdrawal will end.

Read the full story at BBC.

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