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Iran nuclear talks resume

Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (left), and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meet in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 23 ahead of renewed nuclear deal talks. Associated Press/Photo by Vahid Salemi

Iran nuclear talks resume

Negotiators from several countries returned on Monday to the same hotel in Vienna where they signed a nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015. While U.S. President Joe Biden signaled he wants to rejoin the deal that former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018, a U.S. delegation is only indirectly involved.

What is the deal? The original deal between Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States, and the European Union limited Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Since the deal collapsed, Iran has renewed enrichment programs and limited other countries from monitoring them. When the United States left the agreement, Trump reimposed sanctions and froze billions of dollars in assets. Iran’s new hard-line government crippled progress and stalled negotiations for five months. Critics say a revived agreement will not prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Leaders in Israel again warned on Monday that Iran cannot be trusted to honor the terms of any agreement.

Dig deeper: Listen to Jill Nelson’s report on Iran’s new president and his stance on the nuclear deal on The World and Everything in It podcast.

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.



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