Return to Iran Deal Not “Imminent” Biden Officials Reportedly Tell Israel

Officials from the Biden administration have reportedly been attempting to assure their Israeli counterparts that a U.S. return to the Iran nuclear accord is not “imminent,” despite apparent signs of progress toward a final agreement in recent days.

Axios’s Barak Ravid reported over the weekend the Biden administration has told Israel that it “hasn’t agreed to new concessions with Iran” and that the U.S., European nations, and Iran are not on the verge of a deal, even after Tehran engaged with and offered its response E.U. leaders characterized as a “final” offer.

The U.S. has yet not to respond to the E.U. text or Iran’s written reply.

The U.S. is attempting to bring back an agreement that was signed by former President Donald Trump through the nuclear talks. They have been going on for months but have been stalled. violated 2018 will see Iran’s tensions rise and the risk of war.

“A deal might be closer than it was two weeks ago but the outcome remains uncertain as some gaps remain. In any case, it doesn’t seem to be imminent,” an unnamed U.S. official told AxiosThis is a description of what the Biden administration officials have sent to Israel.

Some Israeli officials may have criticized the practice. expressed support for a revived agreement during internal negotiations, the Israeli government has publicly opposed any returning to the Iran nuke accord. threatened to attack Iran in a purported effort to stop Iran obtaining a nuke weapon. Iran insists it isn’t trying to build a nuclear bomb.

The U.S. Congress Republicans Some and others war-hawk Democrats They oppose the idea of reviving a nuclear agreement, which could lead to an increase in nuclear weapons production. significant obstacle in order to cement any eventual deal.

A final accord would involve the U.S. lifting at least some of the sanctions that have hindered Iran’s coronavirus response and badly damaged its economy. In exchange, major constraints would be placed on Iran’s nuclear activity.

On Monday, Iran accused the U.S. of stalling progress toward an agreement, with a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry saying that “the Americans are procrastinating and there is inaction from the European sides.”

Biden spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, a conversation that touched on “joint efforts to deter and constrain Iran’s destabilizing regional activities,” according to A White House readout of this call.

Sina Toossi, Middle East analyst wrote on Twitter Sunday that he hopes the European leaders “pressed Biden to revive the Iran deal.”

“The E3 leaders talking directly to Biden on Iran — which is a rare act — seems to indicate that Washington’s initial response to the Iranian proposal last week is not positive,” Toossi added. “Europe stands to play a decisive role in convincing Biden to not lose this opportunity for a deal.”