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The Institute for Peace and Diplomacy hosted a panel discussion titled “Iran Nuclear Talks at a Turning Point” on February 4, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (EST).
In recent weeks, all parties involved in the Iran nuclear negotiations have acknowledged that there has been some progress made in the Vienna talks. Yet, the United States has repeatedly stated that the time is running out with only a few weeks left to revive the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Russia, in coordination with the US, has proposed an interim agreement with Iran that would involve limited sanctions relief in return for reimposing some restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program. In response, Iran has consistently ruled out any deadlines for the nuclear talks while still insisting on a permanent solution, backed by guarantees and verifications, to restore the JCPOA.
Despite Iran’s refusal to engage in direct negotiations with the US, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Tehran is now willing to negotiate directly with Washington if nuclear talks reach an advanced state that requires such dialogue between the two countries. As Iran and the US move closer to reviving the nuclear deal, the opposition voices have also ramped up their pressure on the Biden administration to undermine any potential deal with Iran. More than 100 Republicans in the US House of Representatives called on Biden to “immediately withdraw” from the Vienna talks and “strongly reinforce” existing sanctions. In the same vein, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet has made it clear that Israel will not be bound to any agreements with Iran, suggesting that it would maintain its freedom of action regardless of the outcomes of the negotiation with Iran.
- Trita Parsi: Executive Vice-President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
- Adnan Tabatabai: CEO, Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient
- Barbara Slavin: Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council
- Luciano Zaccara: Advisor, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy; Assistant Professor, Qatar University, Gulf Studies Center
- Bijan Ahmadi: Executive Director, Institute for Peace & Diplomacy