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Iran, China, Russia, and Europe will meet virtually to discuss the conceivable US get back to the 2015 nuclear deal

Authorities from Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany, and Britain will meet virtually on Friday to examine a potential return of the United States to the 2015 nuclear deal, the European Union said in a statement on Thursday.

Iran and the leftover world powers in the 2015 nuclear deal will hold a virtual meeting on Friday to examine the U.S. get back to the agreement, the European Union said in a statement.

A virtual meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will occur on Friday to examine a potential US get back to the Iran nuclear deal, said the EU in a statement released Thursday.

The conversation, which will include authorities from Iran, Russia, China, Germany, France, and the U.K., will be led by the EU’s top foreign envoy Josep Borrell and address how the landmark agreement can be completely carried out by all sides, as indicated by the statement.

The U.S. has been attempting to utilize Europe as an intermediary with Iran after Tehran rebuked chats with the Biden administration on restoring the accord that previous President Donald Trump deserted. After Trump repudiated the arrangement, Iran penetrated some of the limits that it placed on its nuclear program.

The Biden administration has been looking to draw in Iran in discusses the two sides continuing consistency with the deal, under which the US and other economic sanctions on Tehran were taken out as a trade-off for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program to make it harder to build up a nuclear weapon – a desire Tehran denies.

“The Joint Commission will be chaired on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell by the Deputy Secretary-General and Political Director of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora. It will be attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Iran,” the statement said.

“Participants will discuss the prospect of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides,” the EU said in a statement on Thursday, referring to the deal by its formal name.

In 2018, Donald Trump singularly pulled out the US from the JCPOA deal, which is pointed toward getting control over Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions. Current US President Joe Biden has said the US will rejoin the nuclear deal once Tehran gets back to full compliance with the settlement’s limitations on nuclear development once more.

“We obviously welcome this is a positive step,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Thursday. “We have been clear for weeks now that we are ready to pursue a return to compliance with our JCPOA commitments consistent with Iran also doing the same.”

“We have also been open about the fact that we have been talking with our partners in the P5+1 context and elsewhere about the best way to achieve this, including through a series of initial mutual steps,” Price added.

“We’ve been looking at options for doing so, including with indirect conversations through our European partners.”

“We obviously welcome this as a positive step,” U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Thursday. He said the U.S. is ready to return to compliance with the 2015 agreement “consistent with” Iran doing the same and has been exploring “the best way to achieve this, including through a series of mutual, initial steps.”

US President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, pulled out from the deal in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions, provoking Iran, in the wake of standing by over a year, to violate some of the agreement’s nuclear restrictions in retaliation.

The United States and Iran presently can’t seem to agree even to meet about resuscitating the deal and are communicating indirectly through European countries, Western authorities have said.

Two diplomatic sources said Britain, France, and Germany had effectively held talks with Iran on Monday and one said there had been discussions about an Iranian proposal. The sources talked on condition of anonymity.

France’s foreign ministry representative told journalists in a daily preparation that the European powers were working intimately with Russia and China – the other leftover parties to the deal – to discover a solution to the deadlock and had been conversing with both Tehran and Washington.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said for this present month that his country was in “no hurry” to resuscitate the nuclear deal and said U.S. policy was destined to fail except if sanctions against the Islamic Republic were first eliminated.

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