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While initial talks between U.S. and Iran look encouraging, the real work has not yet begun, CSUSB professor says
Press TV
April 7, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment about a number of concerned parties to the 2015 nuclear deal reacting to the recent Vienna talks on the revival of the troubled Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multi-national agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program, with China urging the U.S. as the “offending party” to lift its sanctions against Iran so that Tehran can reverse the retaliatory measures it has been taking since Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement in May 2018 by the then-Trump administration.

“I think that it’s positive that (Iran Deputy Foreign Minister) Abas Araghchi characterized the Vienna talks, at least the two working groups that have been created in the process so far, as being constructive and on the right track,” Yaghoubian said. “But with that said, I don’t believe that the real negotiations -- the important ones, regarding the full U.S. return to compliance within the JCPOA and the ability to verify it -- is being waged in Vienna. It’s going on in Washington, D.C., where it seems, now, the Biden administration is interested in returning to the agreement. But it faces the so-called wall of sanctions that were purposefully set up, in bad faith, by the Trump administration, especially in its last few remaining months, to prohibit the easy return by the Biden administration to the JCPOA.”

See the segment at "Iran won’t accept division of US bans into nuclear, non-nuclear ones."

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