Iranian leaders have pushed ahead with the country’s nuclear programme despite international sanctions and calls from US President Joe Biden for Tehran to reenter the international fold. Barack Obama reached a landmark accord with Iran in 2015 on its nuclear ambitions but this was later torn up under the Presidency of Donald Trump. Iranian expert Soraya Lennie has argued that Iran in fact now needs a new deal “more than anyone” ahead of top-level talks.
Soraya told Euronews: “Difficult as it was to reach these deal in the first place, this crisis started around 2006 and the deal was reached in 2015.
“That gives you a good idea of how long it took to work things out.
“I think there is a lot of will to get back into the deal, the consistent message from Tehran is if the US is backing compliance Iran will be back in compliance, and the consistent message even during the debates and when he was running for the president, Joe Biden his position was that the United States wanted to rejoin the JCPOA.
She added: “He wanted to rejoin the deal as it is.”
The journalist continued: “I think they all need the deal in different ways.
“Of course the Iranian economy, the Iranian people need the deal more than anybody because sanctions, four decades of sanctions and then specifically sanctions under Obama and then Trump and now, of course, Joe Biden, who hasn’t repealed any sanctions by the way.
“These are really really harmful on the Iranian population, civilians and this has nothing to do with international politics, these are just normal people.
“So they need a reprieve they need the deal.”
Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom are all holding in-person talks in Vienna to restart American participation in the talks.
Ahead of the meetings, Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that the “deadlock is being broken” on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a “childish” argument over who should act first comes to an end.
Despite the development representatives from Iran and the United States will not be in the same room.
Iran has long maintained that its nuclear programme was meant for peaceful purposes, something disputed by the US.