Iran announced on Monday that it wants sanctions to be permanently lifted immediately. This comes as President Biden’s envoy joins indirect talks in Vienna with the Iranians on their nuclear program, the first since the new, more conservative regime took power in August.
- Richard Goldberg, senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said it is difficult to tell what will come out of the talks and said he thinks the Iranians are looking to “see what else they can get” after a lack of sanctions enforcement by the United States this year.
- Goldberg said there have been indirect talks a few times this year, with the U.S. offering to lift sanctions from the Trump administration if Iran renewed compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal.
- Goldberg said there has been posturing and public statements that don’t match conversations from inside the rooms.