Iranian nuclear negotiators want the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom to enable Iran to sell its oil. The claim is part of a dispute over Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and five foreign nations.
The goal of the discussions is to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a 2015 accord reached under Obama’s presidency. In 2018, Joe Biden withdrew the United States from the agreement, resuming sanctions against Iran, which retaliated by obstructing inspections of its nuclear sites and enriching uranium to 60%. It’s only the second time the negotiators have met since Iran’s new administration was elected.
Although the United States has not actively engaged in the discussions, the Biden Administration seeks to revive the pact. According to the Associated Press, negotiators are enthusiastic about the negotiations. They should have a favorable result if they work hard in the days and weeks ahead, said European Union official Enrique Mora. Mora also concedes that “it’s going to be tough, difficult political decisions must be made” and that there is a “feeling of urgency” in concluding these talks as quickly as feasible.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s foreign minister, stated that his country’s objective is to achieve a “point when Iranian oil is exported simply and without hurdles, and its money arrives in Iran’s bank accounts.” He also wants to ensure that Iran is not subject to sanctions. Iran is standing firm in its demand for oil exports in the agreement.
Israel has been opposed to the JCPOA from the beginning, and its officials have made it plain that they would do whatever it takes to protect their interests. On Friday, Iran fired 16 ballistic missiles that it claimed might reach Israel in a training exercise. The exercise ended with detonating a target designed to imitate Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant.
Whatever the outcome of the Vienna negotiations, one thing is sure: Israel will not play if it detects danger. They may also expect any future Republican president to follow Trump’s lead and withdraw from any agreement with Iran. Let’s only hope and pray that a nuclear-armed Iran never has the opportunity to cause harm.