The president of the United States, Joe Biden, will hold a meeting in Rome with European leaders on Saturday (10.30.2021) on the future of the nuclear agreement with Iran, at a time when a seventh round of negotiations is about to take place in Vienna.
The meeting, to be held within the framework of the G20 leaders’ summit, will also be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron; the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel; and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, announced Thursday.
“They will assess where things are in the attempt to resume negotiations to return to the JCPOA,” explained Sullivan, using the acronym in English for the nuclear deal with Iran.
The four leaders will share “their concerns about the state of Iran’s nuclear program,” which has violated various terms of the JCPOA since the United States withdrew in 2018, he stressed.
He believed that the meeting will mark a profound “contrast” with the attitude of the previous Donald Trump government on Iran, which broke the consensus with Europe by withdrawing from the nuclear agreement, while Biden has expressed his willingness to return the United States to that. covenant.
“Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden will be united on this issue” at their meeting, Sullivan said.
The nuclear agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and six great powers (the US, Russia, China, France, the UK and Germany) limited the Iranian atomic program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
After Biden came to power, negotiations began between Iran and the six great powers, including the United States indirectly, to achieve the return of Washington to the pact and the fulfillment by Iran of all its obligations.
But those contacts came to a halt in June, ahead of the Iranian general elections, and the new government of ultra-conservative president Ebrahim Raisí insists it needs time to review the six rounds held so far in Vienna.
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