WASHINGTON (AP) – Chaotic diplomatic contacts and major progress reports suggest that indirect talks between the United States and Iran may be nearing an agreement. This is despite efforts by U.S. officials to reduce the prospect of an imminent deal that would return Washington and Tehran to the 2015 nuclear deal.
With talks in Vienna over the gap, the United States and Britain rejected Iran’s reports. That any agreement made with Iran in the exchange of American and British prisoners The exchange could serve as a confidence building measure for the renewal of the nuclear deal.
Returning the US to the deal would be the largest and most controversial of foreign policy. The initiative in the early months of Joe Biden̵7;s presidency, it will revive a deal that top Biden aides have assembled over the years in the Obama administration, only to see President Donald Trump. Old Trump pulled out. And try to prevent the United States from coming back The re-entry and the granting of concessions needed to do so would anger Republicans and could destabilize Israel and the Gulf Arab allies.
Even as Secretary of State Antony Blinken And British Foreign Minister Dominica Grab denied a report of the prisoner exchange at a press conference on Monday in London.A senior American diplomat is in the middle of a meeting of Arab Gulf leaders in the Middle East. And two of the biggest nuclear deal proponents in Congress, Democratic Sens, Chris Coons and Chris Murphy, are making their way in the region.
Those discussions follow a high-level meeting in Washington during Biden a week. Jake Sullivan, his national security adviser; Flashes; His vice, Wendy Sherman; Iran Special Envoy Rob Malley; And others, along with the head of the Israeli spy agency and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, aide in national security.
The Israelis disagree with the US-Iranian ties that they view as an existential threat to the Jewish state. There were at least three separate meetings with Israelites last week, including one Friday with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, where Biden appeared.Jen Psaki, secretary general of the White House press, said Cohen had been hearing. Briefing on the Vienna debate “and progress will be made there.”
Later on Friday and on Saturday, media reports linked to Iran and Iran had entered into an agreement on what the United States would give in return for Iran’s return to the 2015 accord, which had provided several funds. Billions of dollars in easing of sanctions In exchange for regulating the nuclear program On Sunday, there were reports of a prisoner exchange agreement.
U.S. officials quickly hit those reports as being premature and inaccurate, although broad forms of sanctions mitigation were well known, and Washington did not disclose any secret about their eagerness to liberate Americans. Is in iran
Management officials have allowed limited progress in talks in Vienna, where Malley is headed for a US delegation. Malley was a key figure in the Obama administration’s original 2015 nuclear deal negotiations, as were Sherman and Sullivan, who led those talks respectively and took part in the conference. A secret that paved the way for a deal
The Biden administration quickly responded to the Iranian report. The State Department said “we are not at the peak of any development” and dismissed the claim of false convictions. “Unfortunately, the report is not true,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Claine said on Friday. week
Sullivan himself was cautious of making public comments on the talks, emphasizing that things were in a “unclear place in Vienna” at the Aspen Security Forum’s virtual conference on Friday. He stressed that the negotiations were “Real negotiations,” while acknowledging that the indirect nature of the debate makes it quite such an action. “Ineffective”
“I guess honestly is always in the eye of the beholder and we believe Iranians have a very serious way of talking about serious details.
So the rise in diplomatic activity as negotiators prepare for a fourth round of talks in Vienna have prompted supporters of the deal Trump withdrew in 2018 for reasons of hope. And it made the opponent very angry.
The complexity of tackling a potential problem, whether in the short or medium term, is the sheer number of opponents lined up trying to break a deal. Besides Arabs in the Gulf and Israel, there was strong opposition from Republican congressmen trying to pass laws to block it. In Iran, elements of the hard-hitting Islamic Revolutionary Guards seem to use Vienna’s negotiations to thwart Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif’s candidacy in this year’s presidential election.
Deal critics have troubled Malley and his colleagues’ bargaining strategy, arguing they were benefiting Iran that Trump created when he withdrew the deal and impose new sanctions. In fact, any return to the US deal would require easing of sanctions, including those that could be imposed for non-nuclear reasons such as terrorism, ballistic missile activity and human rights abuses.
Supporters of the deal, on the other hand, have criticized the deal, accusing the other of denying diplomacy and cheerleading in the war. They insisted that easing the sanctions was the only way to get Iran back to complying with the deal and shut down its path to nuclear weapons.
Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Chicago contributed to this report.