WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – Negotiations between Iran and world powers on how to revive the 2015 nuclear deal will resume over the next weekend, US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday, adding that the presidential election Iranian ruling on June 18 complicated the talks.
“I know negotiations will resume over the next weekend,” Sherman said at a virtual event hosted by the German Marshall Fund. “I think there has been a lot of progress but from my own experience until the last detail is fixed, and I mean nailed down, we won’t know if we have a deal,” he said. she declared.
The talks aim to rekindle a historic pact under which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, which paved the way for a brief thaw in decades of US-Iran confrontation.
A host of obstacles to relaunching the Iran nuclear deal remain firmly in place ahead of the talks, suggesting that a return to compliance with the 2015 deal is still a long way off, according to four diplomats, two Iranian officials and two analysts.
The election in Iran on June 18 to replace President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who promoted the original deal, adds to the momentum for progress. It is expected to be largely followed by an outright successor.
“It’s complicated, of course, by the Iranian presidential election, which is taking place in a few days,” Sherman added. She did not specify.
Then-US President Donald Trump scrapped the deal in 2018, saying it was too soft on Tehran, and reimposed the sanctions. Iran responded by violating the terms of the agreement.
Trump’s successor Joe Biden has said he wants to re-establish the deal’s nuclear limits and, if possible, expand them to cover issues such as Iran’s regional behavior and its missile program. Iran wants all sanctions lifted and no extension of terms.