(FreedomBeacon.com)- The Biden administration just won’t give up in its goal to resume negotiations with Iran.
Earlier this week, Wendy Sherman, the deputy secretary of state, said the U.S. would resume negotiations indirectly this weekend with Iran. Sherman said “there’s been a lot of progress made” in talks, but no agreement will be considered finalized until every detail is “nailed down.”
Negotiations on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have been complicated recently by the upcoming presidential elections in Iran, which are set to take place next week, Sherman said. Those negotiations were supposed to take place in Vienna between Iran, the U.S. and other participating nations.
Special envoy Robert Malley will lead these discussions, which will be the six round of them. The U.S. is talking with intermediaries in Europe and Iran so they can create a pathway to “compliance for compliance” so both sides can return to the table. The idea is to work out the parameters of a nuclear accord first, and then have all the parties sit down at the table.
Iran has called for America to lift all sanctions that have been imposed on their country and officials in the time since former President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal back in 2018. Tehran said it would reverse actions they have taken that violate the terms of the deal, including them enriching uranium beyond allowable levels.
The U.S. has consistently said it would lift any sanctions that were “inconsistent” with the JCPOA’s original terms.
Sherman said the Biden administration is also seeking an Iranian commitment to address additional areas of concern for America and its allies. Some of these areas include Iran supporting terrorist attacks and proxy fighting forces in the Middle East, missile development, detaining American citizens, and multiple abuses of human rights.
The Biden administration’s push to rejoin JCPOA has split Congress. Republicans have opposed lifting the sanctions imposed under Trump. They’ve warned that doing so would risk the safety of Israel, as well as the relationship between them and America.
Republican Senator James Risch from Idaho, who’s the ranking member of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, said in a hearing with Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, on Tuesday that:
“We both know, and the world knows, that there’s another entity that’s going to do something about this whatever the JCPOA says or doesn’t say. Whatever everybody else agrees to, there’s another entity that has taken a solemn oath that Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, and I guess the biggest question will be, what happens when you get the call.”
Many Democrats are backing the Biden administration’s stance on JCPOA. But, Senator Bob Menedez from New Jersey, the chair of the Foreign Relations committee, said he had concerns about the ability to follow through on addressing the deal’s shortfalls.
In the hearing with Blinken, Menendez said:
“I hope, Mr. Secretary, that as we are assuaging our European colleagues and our cohorts in this effort, that they are truly committed to the ‘stronger’ part, because my experience with them is they want to solve the immediate problem, but getting them to follow up on the longer-term problems is a much more difficult proposition.”