U.S. and Iran agree to talk about Iran nuke deal

While Iran and the US are set to meet, they will be in separate rooms. Instead, European diplomats will convey info to each country.

Updated: April 2, 2021 - 5:07pm

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The Biden administration is set to meet with Iran on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of the U.S. restarting a nuclear deal with the country.

The scheduled date follows the European Union announced Thursday that it would host a virtual meeting between the two nations in an attempt to find restart the international pact, in which the U.S. and several European countries agreed to lift sanction in exchange for Iran limiting its nuclear ambitions for a decade or more.

"We obviously welcome this as a positive step, and that’s precisely because we have been clear for weeks now that we are ready to pursue a return to compliance with our (nuclear deal) commitments consistent with Iran also doing the same," State Department spokesman Ned Price said, according to The Associated Press. "It's a positive step, especially if it moves the ball forward on that mutual return to compliance that we’ve talked about for a number of weeks now."

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is an accord between the United States, several European nations, and Iran. The deal was made by former President Barack Obama. President Trump in 2017 pulled the U.S. out of the deal over concerns that Iran was not comply with the terms. 

The meeting next week will take place in Vienna, Austria. However, there will allegedly be no direct talk between Iran and The United States. Instead, European representatives will move from one room to the other to convey information, according to Axios.