Iran Continues Negotiations to Revive Nuclear Deal

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, will pursue negotiations to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (jcpoa), Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani announced on August 28. The jcpoa is the original 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, formed during the Obama administration.

Two days after the announcement, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran is engaged in diplomatic efforts to lift economic sanctions. He expressed approval of the nuclear negotiations, probably with the aim of achieving a comprehensive agreement.

Efforts and negotiations are currently in progress to lift the sanctions, which are proceeding properly as they should. However, it is equally important to simultaneously pursue the path of neutralizing sanctions, with the most crucial indicator being the reduction of inflation.
—Ali Khamenei

History repeats itself? Khamenei’s reference to ongoing talks follow an agreement by Iran and the United States to exchange prisoners for the release of roughly $6 billion in Iranian government assets blocked under U.S. sanctions. This deal is reportedly part of a larger, under-the-table interim agreement to remove constraints on the Iranian nuclear program. The U.S. and Iran previously made a similar interim agreement in 2013, which paved the way for the full nuclear deal in July 2015.

The Trumpet says: The original nuclear agreement was disastrous. But the unofficial deal in 2023 is even worse. Eventually, we expect Iran to get a nuclear bomb. In the September issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet, we wrote:

America’s actions suggest the government is actively helping Iran get a nuclear bomb. Iran is a radical Islamist regime bent on perpetual war with the West and spreading its Islamic revolution. If it gets nuclear weapons, it has the will to use them. By helping Iran get nuclear weapons, America is bringing the world to the brink of nuclear war.

To learn more, read “Explained: The New Iran Nuclear Deal.”