Following a meeting of the foreign ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany in Paris, a State Department spokesman announced on Thursday, Feb. 18, that the United States would accept an invitation from the European Union (EU) to negotiate rejoining the nuclear deal with Iran.
Enrique Mora, the EU’s undersecretary for foreign policy, invited both the United States and all parties to the pact to meet to discuss the agreement.
Ned Price, spokesman for the Department of Stat, issued a statement saying the White House was willing to rejoin the talks.
“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union high representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” Price said.
Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, during the video meeting with E3 countries—France, Germany, and the UK— stressed President Joe Biden’s intentions to return to the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but that Iran should also fully comply with the deal.
“The E3 and the United States affirmed their shared objective of Iran’s return to full compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA. Secretary Blinken reiterated that, as President Biden has said, if Iran comes back into strict compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, the United States will do the same and is prepared to engage in discussions with Iran toward that end,” said the ministers in a joint statement.
Former President Trump has argued since the 2016 campaign that Iran was hiding some of its actions and failing in its international commitments. Indeed this is why Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal.
Iran publicly admitted to having breached the agreement in 2019, proving that Trump’s previous warnings were true. In 2018, the former president had already withdrawn from the deal and re-imposed U.S. economic sanctions.
According to reports that emerged in January, the Islamic Republic of Iran began enriching uranium by up to 20% at its subway facility in Fordo, which caused strong tension with both the United States and countries in the region, now on alert, considering that these enrichment levels are close to the values necessary for the production of nuclear weapons.
“The E3 and the United States also expressed their shared concerns over Iran’s recent actions to produce both uranium enriched up to 20% and uranium metal. These activities have no credible civil justification. Uranium metal production is a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon,” their statement said following the Paris meeting.
The E3 continues to support Iran despite its noncompliance with the agreements and the constant threat against any person or entity that dares to challenge it. As was the case earlier this year when Ebrahim Raisi, head of Iran’s judiciary, and General Esmail Qaani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), openly threatened President Trump, warning that “the Islamic nation would go for his life” and that Americans will not be safe anywhere in the world.