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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 JCPOA, including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA. I am not in a position here to give you chapter and verse on what those might be,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, per Reuters. Prince was employing the acronym for the formal name of the 2015 pact — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The White House did not offer comment and deferred to the State Department when contacted by Insider.
Price’s comments came as US and Iranian officials are participating in indirect talks in Vienna — communicating through European intermediaries — as part of an effort to revive the nuclear pact.
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 news via Twitter. “It’s going to take time and tough negotiations and it would be better if the US & Iran can talk directly. But still. Important progress.”
“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 …read more