UPDATED 7:59 PM PT – Saturday, June 12, 2021
U.S. and Iranian diplomats have resumed talks to revive the controversial Obama-era nuclear deal. The sixth round of discussions began on Saturday and officials with the European Union said the negotiations were intense.
EU Foreign Policy official Enrique Mora, who is leading the shuttle diplomacy between Iran and the U.S., said he expects both sides to make an agreement during this round. However, other envoys believe there are still several contentious issues that still need to be resolved.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken commented on the administration’s action to remove sanctions stating, “these actions demonstrate our commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in status or behavior by sanctioned persons.”The Biden administration is hoping their repeal of sanctions on several senior officials and companies will get Iran to relax their position.