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The five countries and Iran are considering preparing for a ministerial meeting on the nuclear deal 4 hours ago 623 The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the political directors of the five remaining countries in the nuclear agreement with Tehran, and their Iranian counterpart, discussed preparations for the ministerial meeting on the nuclear deal scheduled for December 21. A statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said today, Wednesday, that during the meeting, "matters were analyzed on all directions regarding the implementation of the comprehensive agreements reached in 2015, taking into account the existing challenges, the most important of which is the actions of the United States aimed at obstructing the full implementation of the nuclear deal." The statement added that the discussions focused on issues of preparation for the ministerial meeting to be held on December 21st. The Russian Foreign Ministry indicated that “the representatives of the participating countries affirmed their commitment under the nuclear agreement and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and called for continued efforts to search for effective solutions in order to return to the implementation of comprehensive agreements within the originally agreed framework, as soon as possible.” The consultations of the Political Directors took place via video technology. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov represented the Russian side.
US already in Iran deal talks, officials met in New York - report "We'll know pretty soon if the efforts [in returning to the deal] have been successful," the source told Le Figaro. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, TOVAH LAZAROFF, REUTERS JANUARY 22, 2021 11:39 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US, September 25, 2019. (photo credit: REUTERS/YANA PASKOVA) Talks of the US returning to the 2015 Iran deal have reportedly been underway in New York for about three weeks, between figures from Biden's administration and Iranian actors, according to a source close to the matter speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro, as reported by Maariv, the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post. Important European players — including France, Britain, and Germany — apparently were not aware of the talks. "We'll know pretty soon if the efforts [in returning to the deal] have been successful," the source told Le Figaro. The Trump administration left the deal in 2018, but Biden has been clear about his desire to return to the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of action. It was signed by Iran and the six world powers; the US, Russian, China, France, Germany and Great Britain. Should the US re-enter the deal, the source explained, few sanctions placed on Iran might be removed, including the ban on selling oil. Similar media reports have surfaced about possible talks between representatives of the Biden administration and Israeli officials, prior to the Wednesday inauguration of US President Joe Biden. Israel has rejected those reports. Such pre-election communication would be illegal under US law. But both incoming US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki have been clear about Biden's desire to engage with Israeli and representatives of other countries prior to making any decisions. The United States seeks to lengthen and strengthen the nuclear constraints on Iran through diplomacy and the issue will be part of President Joe Biden's early talks with foreign counterparts and allies, Psaki said on Wednesday. Biden has said that if Tehran resumed strict compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement — under which Iran restrained its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions — Washington would too. "The president has made clear that he believes that through follow-on diplomacy, the United States seeks to lengthen and strengthen nuclear constraints on Iran and address other issues of concern. Iran must resume compliance with significant nuclear constraints under the deal in order for that to proceed," Psaki said in a briefing. "We would expect that some of his earlier conversations with foreign counterparts and foreign leaders will be with partners and allies and you would certainly anticipate that this would be part of the discussions," Psaki added. On Tuesday, Blinken said Washington did not face a quick decision on whether to rejoin the nuclear deal and the Democratic president would need to see what Iran actually did to resume complying with the pact. Iran in return has gradually breached key limits on its nuclear activity set in the deal, building up its stockpile of low enriched uranium, enriching uranium to higher levels of purity and installing centrifuges in ways barred by the deal. Iran called for action and "not just words" shortly after Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted. The DIPLOMATIC VANDALISM of Trump, Pompeo & co stemmed partly from a broken institutional process. But that same process-when "functional"-produced disasters like wars in Iraq, Afghanistan & Vietnam. The world knows that only the US can fix itself - in practice; not just words. pic.twitter.com/95CVkBgCVw — Saeed Khatibzadeh (@SKhatibzadeh) January 20, 2021 "The world knows that only the US can fix itself - in practice; not just words," Khatibzadeh said in a Twitter post.