Jake Sullivan, the U.S. national security adviser, says “all parties” are willing to talk “seriously” about the way back to the nuclear deal.
Indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran on the return to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal focus on what U.S. sanctions will have to end and the steps Iran must take. to resume his duties, a senior White House official said on Friday.
“We have seen the willingness of all parties, including Iranians, to talk seriously about sanctions relief restrictions and a path to the JCPOA,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday.
Sullivan’s comments to an American group followed the start of this third round of talks in Vienna in which representatives from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union transfer between delegations from the United States and Iran.
“I’m not going to characterize the substance of the negotiations right now because they are in … an unclear place,” Sullivan told an Aspen Security Forum webinar.
“It is not yet known if this will culminate in an agreement in Vienna,” he said.
The JCPOA is an acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, which is the formal title of the agreement between Iran and the world powers, which banned Iran from developing nuclear weapons, with the support of the United Nations. United 2015.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally the U.S. reached the deal in 2018 and again imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran. In response, Tehran has begun enriching uranium to higher degrees approaching arms levels.
President Joe Biden has pledged to return to the deal. Iran rejected direct talks on the recovery of compliance in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions.
Sullivan was asked if the Iranians were negotiating in good faith.
“I guess good faith is always in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “The Iranians do come in a serious way have serious discussions about details and the teams are working on those details now. “
The talks have revolved around “how to sequence the process” of the US lifting sanctions and Iran quit its enrichment task, Sullivan said.
In recent days, senior Israeli officials have met in Washington with Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to convey concerns by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the progress of the Iranian nuclear program.
The Aspen Security Forum is an annual nonpartisan conference held in the U.S. state of Colorado that focused this year on Biden’s first 100 days in office. Also speaking were Biden’s Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, Trump’s former Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun, and Obama’s former National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon.
The U.S. may use “sticks and carrots” to influence the protection of human rights in Afghanistan after U.S. and NATO troops and foreign contractors are withdrawn by Biden order later this year, said Deputy Secretary Hicks.
Sullivan added that the Biden administration believes the U.S. will have “sufficient capacity” to “disrupt threats” in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the White House continues to plan a summit between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin to be held in the coming months in a European nation.
And China is witnessing renewed U.S. economic growth and invigorated alliances in the Indian-Pacific, Sullivan said. “It’s making them think twice about whether the U.S. is going down,” he said.