The much-discussed Iran-US nuclear talks, which has been in the news several times for its renewal, is set to take place in Doha after much anticipation. Iran and the US have agreed to take additional steps to advance the historic 2015 nuclear agreement, which has been stalled since March due to constant disagreements between the two countries on a variety of issues. The meeting is scheduled for today in Doha, with EU official Joseph Borell on hand to mediate the talks.
Tehran’s chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, and US special envoy for Iran, Robert Mallay, travelled to Doha to begin the talks, alongside EU officials. The report says that the officials of both countries will be meeting the foreign minister of Qatar separately. No word has been heard from Qatar’s government since the talks are still in progress. The 2015 nuclear agreement was abandoned in 2018, when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, reimposing harsh sanctions on Iran. There has been talk of reviving this deal since Joe Biden took office. The news of indirect talks between Iran and the United States broke out following the visit of an EU official to Tehran last week. Borell initiated the discussion and promised to mediate this deal between Iran and the USA. During the visit of EU officials to Tehran, Iran made it clear that they were ready to restart talks with the USA. Chances are there that they will both try to negotiate on terms due to which the last meeting held in March this year in Vienna stalled and the deal remained unalterable. At the last meeting between the countries, most issues were agreed upon, except a few that led to discontent among the USA and Iran.
The scope of lifting sanctions on Iran and the question of whether Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would be declassified as a “foreign terrorist organization” were the main issues that led them to oppose signing the deal. Looking for a way forward While both countries’ diplomats are strong-willed this time to carry out the agreement and negotiate for the greater good, there is no guarantee that the deal will be successful this time, but the mutual contracts should result in positive outcomes. Iran’s foreign minister said to the media that “I hope that we will see positive results emerge from these talks.” In addition, he also talks about how the US answer to the deal will speed up the process of negotiations. He says he is looking forward to the economic benefits that will bring to Iran as a result of the agreement. On the other hand, US President Joe Biden said, “it would be the best part ahead for the Islamic republic.” The US’s urge the reinstate curbs on Iran’s nuclear program is the main concern.