On Tuesday, the US and Iran entered into indirect talks, through the European Union and the other signatory powers, about American re-entry into the 2015 nuclear deal.
On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA.”
So is this a breakthrough? Not quite.
I explain to Turkey’s TRT World how the fundamental issue remains, at least in public: the US is offering a “sequenced” approach, while Tehran is demanding that the Biden Administration remove all sanctions before discussions progress.